Shout! Factory Kicking Off Kovacs Celebration Early

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Shout! Factory is getting a head start on the celebration of Ernie Kovacs’ upcoming birthday.

January 23, 2019 will be the 100th birthday of the late, great entertainer, and in honor of the occasion, Shout! Factory is releasing a new box set this week featuring Kovacs’ most memorable moments in Ernie KovacsThe Centennial Edition.  The nine-disc collection is scheduled to be released Nov. 13.

The in-depth retrospective 22 hours of Kovacs’ comedy culled from his many moments on television, including, but not limited to, his his local and national morning shows, his prime-time TV work, his ABC specials and the rare color version of his silent show Eugene 3.  Also included in the set are highlights from his hit series Take A Good LookA Pony For Chris and the pilot for the series Medicine Man, which co-starred Buster Keaton.

Along with the primary content, the collection also features an extensive list of bonuses, which are listed below.

ERNIE KOVACS: THE CENTENNIAL EDITION Bonus Programming:
  • 1987 ATAS Hall Of Fame Induction
  • Andy McKay 8mm Home Movies
  • Audio Lost
  • Baseball Film
  • Charlie Clod In Brazil
  • Dutch Masters Commercials
  • Ernie’s Opening Monologue
  • Home Movies: Golf With Edie And Ernie
  • Howard, The World’s Strongest Ant on “A Hot Date” and “Howard’s Campground”
  • Interview: Algernon Gerard, Archaeologist
  • Interview: The World At Your Doorstep
  • Introducing Coloratura Mimi Cosnowski
  • Irving Wong: Tin Pan Alley Songwriter
  • J. Burlington Gearshift
  • Making Of “Baseball Film”
  • Martin Krutch, Public Eye
  • Matzoh Hepplewhite
  • Miklos Molnar’s Glue
  • Muriel Cigars Commercials Featuring Edie Adams
  • Original Theatrical Trailers: “Wake Me When It’s Over” And “Five Golden Hours”
  • Our Man In Havana” Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Percy Dovetonsils : “Ode To A Housefly”, “Ode To Electricity” and “Ode To Stanley’s Pussycat”
  • Remembering Ernie With George Schlatter And Jolene Brand
  • Rock Mississippi In “Fingers Under Weskit”
  • Silents Please
  • Skodney Silsky, Hollywood Reporter
  • Strangely Believe It: Writers To Blame
  • Superclod Test
  • Surprise Audience Member
  • Take A Good Look: “Clues” and “Sales Film”
  • The Kapusta Kid In Outer Space Meets Olivia Scilloscope
  • The Mysterious Knockwurst
  • Trailer For “Operation Mad Ball” – “It Happened To Ernie” 

Limited Edition sets of never-Before-Available-Or-Seen lithographs are also available in celebration of Kovacs’ career starting at $250 for the unframed pictures.  Professionally-framed lithos start at $1,000.

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TNT Announces Thursday Night NBA Double Header Schedule

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TNT will air a double header schedule of NBA games Thursday night.

The Rockets and Thunder open the night at 8 p.m. in a Western Conference showdown.  The Bucks and Warriors follow at 10:30 p.m. in a cross-conference matchup of East vs. West.

Game 1 will be interesting in its own right as the host Thunder has proven so far in the season to be better at home than on the road at 3-2, 2-2 respectively.  Meanwhile, the Rockets have been decidedly better on the road (4-1) than at home (0-4), so while the Thunder leads the Thunder in the Western Conference, Thursday’s match is certain to be a tight one on both sides of the ball.

Game 2 will be just as interesting as Game 1 because both the Bucks and the host Warriors have proven so far to be better at home than on the road this season.  The Bucks have gone 6-1 at home and 2-1 on the road so far while the Warriors have gone 6-1 at home and 4-1 on the road.

Milwaukee has gone 8-1 in its last 10 games and won its most recent game.  Meanwhile Golden State has gone 9-1 in its last 10 games, and is in the midst of a strong 8-game win streak, so the edge seems to go to Golden State, going strictly by the numbers.

Marv Albert will have the call in Game 1.  he will be joined by analyst Chris Webber for additional commentary.  Reporter Ros Gold-Onwude will be courtside with all of the game’s latest interviews and news.

Kevin Harlan will have the call for Game 2.  He will be joined by analyst Reggie Miller for additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ledlow will have all of the game’s latest interviews and news.

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‘NOVA: Decoding The Weather Machine’ Eliminates All Doubt About Climate Change

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The issue of climate change is one of America’s most divisive topics today.  Between scientists and civilians, opinions on climate change have created a deep rift between Americans.  The deniers constantly claim that the planet’s climate is not changing and that humans are not to blame.  Those on the other side attest the exact opposite.  Now thanks to a recently released episode of PBS’ hit science-based series NOVA, — Decoding The Weather Machine — those raising the alarm about climate change and mankind’s influence on climate change have even more support for their arguments even as the deniers continue to hold firmly to their deluded beliefs.  That support is provided in large part to the program’s primary presentation, which will be discussed shortly.  The program’s overall construction – its transitions and related pacing – play into the program’s presentation, too.  It will be discussed a little later.  The single-disc presentation’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the whole of this release.  All things considered, this two-hour presentation is a powerful and convincing warning about what is currently happening to Earth and a reminder that it is not too late for the planet or for Earth.

NOVA: Decoding The Weather Machine is one of the most powerful discussions on the issue of climate change that has been released in recent years.  The in-depth program leaves no doubt – despite deniers’ own beliefs – that climate change is real, and that mankind is in fact playing a part in what is happening to the weather, and in turn to Earth.  As has been noted, that is due in no small part to the discussions that make up the program’s primary presentation.  Over the course of the two-hour presentation, academics and scientists alike discuss the roles that Mother Nature and mankind alike play in climate change.  They do admit that climate change has been happening for eons, but in the same breath, prove through extensive discussion that it has been increasing dramatically ever since the start of the industrial revolution.  From there, the discussions turn to a focus on the obvious rise in the number of wildfires in the west, Category 4 and 5 hurricanes in the Atlantic and the equally obvious decline of the polar ice caps, and even decrease in sea ice in the Antarctic to prove the effects of that continued rise in the earth’s temperature and carbon dioxide levels.  Audiences are also taken to areas, such as Norfolk, VA and the Falkland Islands to illustrate the impact of the world’s rising ocean levels.  Between those illustrations of the impact of climate change and the evidence exhibited throughout the first half of the program, it becomes painfully clear that climate change deniers have no case in their arguments.  It shows climate change is in fact very real and very much an issue that must be addressed now.

Speaking of being addressed now, the second half of the program addresses just that.  It reminds audiences that if mankind starts making changes now, it can avoid a very bleak future.  It points out that the best way to avoid that potentially bleak future is to adapt and mitigate now, adding that thankfully there are those who are already mitigating.  Case in point is the rise in the use of solar and wind power discussed in this portion of the program.  Some scientists are even finding ways to recycle carbon dioxide and put it to use for mankind while even profiting from that use.  The end result is not only profit, but also a decline in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which also means less heating of the atmosphere, and in turn less damage to Earth.  As if that is not enough, in America’s heartland, one farmer shows that non-tilling of fields is another way in which mitigation is helping decrease carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.  In turn, it is also making soil on farmland richer, despite how the land might look.  Simply put, the program shows just as clearly how mitigation and adaptation can help humans make a positive change in Earth’s future as it does how mankind has played a direct part in speeding up Earth’s natural climate change.  It reminds audiences that the future does not have to be bleak.  Keeping this in mind, the primary program of NOVA: Decoding The Weather Machine creates a solid foundation for the program’s presentation.  The program’s overall presentation strengthens that foundation even more.

The construction of NOVA: Decoding The Weather Machine strengthens the program’s foundation because of its ability to keep viewers engaged throughout.  This is even despite any clear segment breaks.  From one segment to the next, the transitions are just clear enough that audiences are not left wondering where the topic changes from one item to the next.  The program starts off by focusing on the earth’s atmosphere (air) before moving to the planet’s oceans (water) and then to the land (earth & fire), connecting each portion smoothly.  As noted previously, the program also focuses on the changes that can be made to avoid a bleak future.  Even the transition to the discussions on what mankind can do in order to create a better future for the planet is smooth in its own right.  Through it all, those smooth transitions keep the program’s pacing stable throughout, ensuring even more, viewers’ engagement.  Given, segment breaks would have been a nice addition to the program.  Either way, the manner in which the program was constructed – both in regards to its transitions and pacing – builds on the foundation formed by the program’s main presentation, and strengthens it even more.  The end result is a program that, despite its two-hour run time, is still a powerful work that is certain to keep viewers engaged, and in turn, remind audiences that mankind is in fact impacting climate change.  Keeping all of this in mind, the DVD’s average price point proves to make the program’s purchase money well spent.

The average price point of NOVA: Decoding The Weather Machine – using prices from PBS’ store, Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million – is approximately $18.84.  That is a relatively affordable price considering the amount of evidence presented here of climate change’s reality, and the reality of mankind’s role in the increasingly dramatic impacts of climate change.  When considering the relatively smooth transitions from one discussion to the next along with the material featured in the main presentation, it becomes even more affordable.  To that end, this must-see episode of NOVA proves to be solid proof that despite what some people want to believe, climate change is very real, and mankind’s impact on that natural process is just as real.

The latest episode of PBS’ hit science-based series NOVA is one of the series’ most important episodes to be released in recent memory.  That is because it proves without a doubt that climate change is real, and that humans’ role in climate change is just as real as climate change itself.  The program’s overall construction ensures with ease that that viewers remain engaged so that that message is received, and clearly at that.  The DVD’s relatively affordable average price point ensures even more that viewers’ will receive that important message about climate change and its impact on the planet.  Each item is clearly important in its own right to the whole of this DVD, as has been pointed out above.  All things considered, they make NOVA: Decoding The Weather Machine a presentation that everybody should see at least once.  It is available now.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

 

 

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‘MacGyver: The Complete First Season’ Hindered By, But Not Stopped By Content, Pricing Problems

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MacGyver is officially back.  No, not the new, younger MacGyver, but the man, myth and legend played by Richard Dean Anderson.  Thirteen years after the original MacGyver series was last released on DVD, Paramount Home Entertainment/CBS Home Entertainment has resurrected the first season of the timeless action series on Blu-ray.  It marks the first time that the series has ever been released on Blu-ray, and while it is a welcome re-issue, due to the writing – which will be discussed shortly – it is not a perfect presentation.  That is due to a lack of any bonus material, which will be addressed a little later on.  The set’s average price point rounds out its most important elements, and will also be addressed later.  Each element noted here is important in its own right to the whole of MacGyver: The Complete First Season.  All things considered MacGyver: The Complete First Season is still a good offering from CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment.

MacGyver: The Complete First Season is a good new offering from CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment.  That is proven in part through the writing exhibited throughout the series’ debut season.  From the season premiere to the finale, Season One sees Angus MacGyver work taking on a wide range of scenarios around the world (although the whole season was filmed in Los Angeles).  The season premiere took MacGyver to the American Southwest in an attempt to stop a chemical leak at a secret military base, which threatened the whole region’s water supply.  Later in the season’s run, he is hired by a federal witness who is testifying against his own brother, who just happened to be an infamous drug lord.  A little later, it’s up to MacGyver to stop a mad bomber from destroying a cruise ship.  As if all of those adventures are not enough, the action and thrills continue even later in the season, as MacGyver and a young computer wiz have to work together to stop another madman from launching a pair of missiles on a California bridge.  Even closer to the season’s end, MacGyver finds himself having to avert a global crisis after a train is hijacked by Indian terrorists who want vengeance against two men who sold poisoned medicine to the terrorists’ family and friends.  Between these episodes and the 16 others that make up the rest of the season, the stories presented throughout the season offer plenty of variety for audiences, and in turn, plenty of enjoyment.  That variety in the adventures is just one aspect that makes the writing stand out.  The deeper elements of the writing deserve just as much note as the adventures that form the foundation of the writing.

The deeper elements of the seasons writing are, specifically, the seeming deeper messages presented in the adventures.  Case in point is the message of personal pride that the writers deliver in “Ugly Duckling.”  This is the episode in which MacGyver takes a young female computer hacker under his wing after a professor, respected by both figures, is inadvertently killed in an attempt to kidnap him by a group of domestic terrorists.  The young lady is extremely smart in the realm of computers, but has very low self-esteem at the same time, even calling herself ugly.  It takes MacGyver’s honesty and gentility for her to realize she should have every bit of pride in herself, both in regards to her looks and in regards to her talents with computers.  Considering the current feminist era in which Americans are living, this positive message is something that members of the MeToo movement will appreciate.  That is because it sends those messages to women in general, that it is okay to be smart and that they should not be made to feel a certain way about their bodies.  Kudos are in order to the series’ writers for this.

Staying in that vein, “Countdown,” which sees MacGyver working to keep a mad bomber from sinking a cruise liner, sees a female 1st Officer take over as the ship’s captain after the captain is killed by one of the mad bomber’s intricate devices.  This might not seem like much on the surface, but again, it is one of those deeper elements that deserves being noted.  Putting a woman in such a high position of power was not exactly something prominent on screen back in the late 80s and early 90s (and even before that span).  So seeing her taking control of the ship, and confidently so at that – even working side-by-side so to speak – with MacGyver to save the ship, gives her even more control.  Again, this is something that was before its time, and again is certain to appeal to today’s female audiences.

“Slow Death,” which sees MacGyver dealing with Indian terrorists, presents its own deep content as MacGyver tells the group’s head that killing someone else out of vengeance for the death of one’s own people is not justice, but in fact pride, and thus its own sin.  The sequence in which this discussion takes place is no more than perhaps about five minutes in length.  Yet, even in that short time, this deep discussion on ethics and religion makes for its own interest in this case, showing yet again why the deeper content in the writing is just as important as the season’s stories.  It is most certainly not the last example that can be cited in proving the importance of the writing’s deeper elements.  The very discussion in the season premiere on the military’s weaponization of so much technology, and the discussion on family loyalty in ‘The Prodigal’ brings even more proof of the importance of the intrinsic elements of Season One’s writing.  When this is considered along with the deeper elements of the season’s other episodes, and the stories’ primary elements, the whole is unarguable proof that the writing in Season One is the most important of its overall elements.  Of course for all the good that the writing does for MacGyver’s debut season, the lack of any bonus content, does just as much bad for the set’s presentation.

A close watch of Season One’s Blu-ray re-issue reveals that there is no bonus content included in the set.  It is not the first time that the first season has lacked any bonus content either.  Research into the most recent re-issue of Season One (a DVD release from 2005) revealed that the noted set also lacked any bonus material.  This is a negative in that there is so much that could be presented, not the least of which is that deeper material included in each episode’s writing.  It would have been interesting to learn how those elements were woven into each episode.  That is because it honestly added so much heart and overall substance to each episode.  That heart is something that is so sadly lacking in so many television shows and movies today.  Also that would have been welcome is some audio commentary talking about the variety in MacGyver’s adventures connected with select episodes.  What’s more, it would have been nice to have had some kind of discussion comparing ABC’s original series to the series’ recent reboot from the vantage point of lead star Richard Dean Anderson and the rest of the cast and crew.  One could even argue in favor of discussions on shooting locations, making places around Los Angeles and the rest of the west coast look like other parts of the world.  Simply put, there are so many discussions that could have been included as secondary items to the set.  They honestly could have also added so much depth to the set’s overall presentation, especially being that Season One’s previous DVD release also lacked any bonus material, too.  Presenting Season One again sans any of those discussions detracts noticeably from the set’s presentation.  In turn, it makes the set imperfect, despite the enjoyment offered through the writing.  It also plays directly into some concerns over the set’s average price point.

The average price point of MacGyver: The Complete First Season in its new Blu-ray re-issue comes to approximately $45.61.  That price is found by averaging prices from Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  A search of Books-A-Million did not turn up any sign of the set.  Keeping in mind what has been noted of the season’s writing and its lack of bonus material, that average price point is slightly questionable.  It is not money wasted, considering the enjoyment offered throughout Season One’s 22 total episodes.  However,  that lack of bonus content leads one to wonder if that price point could be less expensive.  Given, it is not the nearly $80 that consumers had to pay when The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete First Season and I Love Lucy: Season One and Two were released on Blu-ray, or even when each of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s seven seasons were originally released.  Those prices have long since been reduced dramatically.  Regardless, even with 22 timeless adventures featured here, complete with plenty of substance within each adventure, one would think a price perhaps $10 less would be more fitting since that bonus material is so lacking here.  To that end, PHE/CBS Home Entertainment’s new re-issue of MacGyver: The Complete First Season is a good offering from the companies, but it could have been better.

CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment’s recently released Blu-ray presentation of MacGyver: The Complete First Season is a good offering from the two companies.  It offers plenty of action and adventure that is, honestly, fun for most of the family, unlike so much of today’s television.  That is evidenced through the adventures on which MacGyver embarks in each of its 22 episodes.  The secondary content that ties into each adventure adds even more enjoyment to each episode.  It collectively gives audiences plenty to appreciate.  While the episodes and their writing do so much to make this set enjoyable for viewers, the set’s lack – once again – of any noticeable bonus material detracts from the set’s presentation.  In direct connection, the average price point of $45, considering that lack of any bonus material, creates its own concerns for the set, too.  If the bonus material that the set is lacking was present in the set, that price point would not be an issue.  However, not having it there means that the price point should be at least $10 less expensive.  Keeping all of this in mind, this latest re-issue of MacGyver: The Complete First Season is not a miss for CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment, but it is not a hit, either.  It is available now and can be ordered online at http://cbshe.com/MacG1.

 

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PBS Celebrating Native American Heritage Month With Special New Docu-Series

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In honor of Native American Heritage Month, PBS Distribution is releasing a new in-depth presentation focusing on Native American history and culture.

Native America is scheduled to be released Nov. 6 on DVD.  Narrated by Robbie Robertson (member of the famed rock group Mohawk, and a member of the Mohawk nation), the program delves into the contributions of Native Americas to modern America while also examining various Native American tribes’ past, present and future.  That includes Native American democratic structure as a model for America’s own three-tier government system, the Native American use of horses for transportation and combat, and their social and economic systems as models.

Native America was co-produced by Joseph C. Sousa, Scott Tiffany and Rob Tinworth.  It was co-directed by Sousa and Tiffany.  Gary Glassman served as the program’s Executive Producer for Providence Pictures.

Julianna Branum (of the Comanche tribe) was the program’s series producer and talent liaison.  Sean Sandefur and Rob Tinworth edited the documentary series while Ed Tomney handled the series’ music.  Coordinating producers were Maureen Barden Lynch and Ben Sweeney.

Native America‘s run time is listed at 216 minutes (3 hours, 36 minutes).  It will retail for MSRP of $29.99, but can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $24.99 now via PBS’ online store.  A trailer for Native America is streaming online now here.

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PBS Taking Audiences Through The History Of The Circus Next Week In New ‘AmEx’ Episode

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PBS Distribution will release another new episode of its hit series American Experience next week.

American Experience: The Circus is scheduled to be released on DVD next Tuesday, Nov. 6.  The four-hour, two-part doc will retail for MSRP of $29.99, but can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at a reduced price of $24.99.

The program follows the rich history of the circus, from its earliest days as a one-ring show in Philadelphia in the 18th century to the rise of P.T. Barnum’s circus to the eventual merger of the famed Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  The program’s total run time is 240 minutes, and includes stories about the stars of the circus, as it grew along with much more.

A trailer for the episode is streaming online now here.

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Despite Its Timeliness, ‘AmEx: The Chinese Exclusion Act’ Proves To Be A Rare Miss For PBS

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Much has been said about immigration ever since Donald J. Trump was handed the White House in the 2016 presidential election.  From Muslims to Mexicans and other groups, Trump’s racism and xenophobia have led to so much talk about immigration and immigration law.  Of course, this is not the first time in America’s history that the nation has dealt with the plague of clearly racist immigration policy.  That is evidenced in PBS’ recently released documentary American Experience: The Chinese Exclusion Act.  Released on DVD June 19, this nearly three-hour documentary outlines the long-forgotten federal legislation that discriminated against generations of Chinese immigrants.  In the process, it also serves as an educational point, reminding audiences about the dangers of allowing racism and xenophobia to control politics and the nation’s social climate through a series of in-depth discussions on the law and its impacts.  That story forms a solid basis for the documentary.  While the story of the Chinese Exclusion Act is engaging, the story does suffer from one obvious negative, its collective pacing and transitions (or lack thereof).  This will be discussed later.  The program’s pricing rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  All things considered, American Experience: The Chinese Exclusion Act proves to be a rich, in-depth presentation that is certain to appeal to students and lovers of history and politics.

PBS’ recently released documentary American Experience: The Chinese Exclusion Act may have been released this past July, but due to the rhetoric currently being spewed by Donald J. Trump about the 14th Amendment, this documentary is proving to be just as timely as ever, and a presentation that is certain to have a wide appeal.  That is due in part to the story at the center of the doc.  The story at the center of the doc focuses on the 1882 act that clearly and blatantly discriminated against Chinese and Chinese-Americans.  As the story points out, it actually went through Congress not once, but twice before eventually being signed into law by then President Chester A. Arthur.  What is truly interesting in taking in the story is that it seems that Arthur did not even want to sign the act even in its second edition, ergo showing his reluctance to give into the racist and xenophobic views controlling so much of the nation even back then.  The story takes audiences from the late 1880s right up to the mid 1900’s showing the far-reaching impact of that discriminatory legislation even as the political landscape changed.  Audiences will be shocked to learn that even after the 14th Amendment was passed, Chinese and Chinese-Americans still suffered discrimination at the hands of Americans even after its passage, reminding audiences of what those racist views caused along the way.  In watching the news, it is obvious that Americans need that reminder now more than ever.  To that end, the story presented at the center of this doc proves to be an important presentation, and one that all audiences should certainly see.  Staying on that note, while the story is an important and intriguing presentation, the manner in which it was presented proves extremely problematic.

Audiences will note in watching American Experience: The Chinese Exclusion Act that this special edition of AE clocks in at a run time of almost three hours.  To be precise, its run time is listed at 160 minutes (that’s 2 hours and 40 minutes in layman’s terms).  The bonus segment “2012 Congressional Acknowledgement of the Chinese exclusion Act” – which is really the only worthwhile addition to the doc’s bonus features list – adds another 10 minutes to that run time, so push that time technically to 2 hours and 50 minutes.  Considering the doc’s slow pacing, that run time feels far longer as it moves so slow and because there is so much information.  What’s worse, the program has no clearly defined transition points at any given moment throughout that nearly three-hour run.  This combination of factors makes the doc’s overall construction extremely problematic to say the very least.  Even though it doesn’t break that three-hour mark, it still would have made more sense to either have the program broken up with those needed segment breaks, or even separated over the course of three days, with each segment being an hour in length.  Hopefully, Ric Burns (brother of famed documentarian  Ken Burns), who co-directed and co-wrote the documentary with Li-Shin Yu (and fellow co-writer Robin Espinola), will take all of this into account should he try his hand at another documentary.  That is because while the story presented here is interesting to say the least, the manner in which it was assembled dramatically detracts from its engagement.  Keeping this in mind, it makes AE: The Chinese Exclusion Act far from perfect, and lacking the impact that it could have had.  It makes the DVD’s average price point not too bad of a cost.

The DVD’s average price point is approximately $17.49.  That is found by averaging prices from PBS’ store, from Amazon, Target, Walmart and Barnes & Noble.  It is currently not listed at Best Buy or at Books-A-Million.  Considering that the program clocks in at nearly three hours, that actually is not too bad of a price, when compared to standard hour-long documentaries from PBS generally price from the company’s own store at about $25.00.  The list price on the company’s store for this DVD is $19.99.  To that end, it is not a program that will break the bank, though it may break some audiences’ engagement as noted previously due to its overall construction.  Keeping that in mind, for those willing to risk watching the doc, even despite its presentation problems, an average price point of $17.49 is actually not that bad.  That is even with the problems posed by the program’s pacing and general construction.  To that end, it is worth at least one watch, if viewers can make themselves sit through the whole thing.

PBS’ recently released special edition of its hit series American Experience, The Chinese Exclusion Act is an interesting presentation that is certain to appeal widely to the most devoted students and lovers of history and political science.  Even with that interest, it still proves to be a program that, despite an interesting and timely story, still suffers from one glaring negative, its collective pacing and construction.  Keeping that in mind, its average price point of less than $20 actually proves affordable and bearable.  It means even after sitting through such an overly lengthy and in-depth presentation, audiences will not ultimately be left feeling like they wasted their money.  That is the most important aspect to note here.  It is an interesting program that while not a waste of money, still could have been so much better, especially considering the reputation of American ExperienceAmerican Experience: The Chinese Exclusion Act is available now on DVD.  More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

 

 

 

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