Boom! Studios’ comic book series Mech Cadet Yu is coming to the small screen in a new limited series.
Netflix has partnered with Boom! Studios to adapt the comic book series to a new 3D animated series. Spanning 10 episodes, the series is set to debut Aug. 10. It is set 10 years in the future after an alien invasion. Main character Stanford Yu (Brandon Soo Hoo — Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) is a teenage janitor working at the Sky Corps Military Academy and leads a team of fellow young people as new Mech Robot Pilots whose duty is to defend Earth from a new alien invasion.
Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Raya and the Last Dragon) joins the cast as General Aiden Park, the head of the academy and its Mech Cadet program.
Also joining the cast is Ming-Na Wen (The Mandalorian, Mulan) as Dolly Yu, Stanford’s overprotective mother.
Debra Wilson (MADtv, Family Guy) serves as the cadets’ mentor, Chief Max.
Rounding out the cast are: Aparna Brielle as Ava Patel, Victoria Grace as Olivia Park, Josh Sundquist as Frank Olivetti, Anairis Quinones as Maya Sanchez, and James Yaegashi as Captain Tanaka.
Print editions of Mech Cadet Yu Volumes 1-3 are available at comic shops nationwide.
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The band announced Friday, it will serve as musical guest for ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night. The band is expected to perform its new single, ‘Get Simulated’ during the broadcast. The single is featured in the band’s latest album, Doggerel, which was released in September.
Following the upcoming performing, the band will launch the North American leg of its world tour in support of the album, which launched last summer. The upcoming final leg of the tour is scheduled to launch May 4 in Oakland, CA and is scheduled to run through Sept. 16 in San Diego, CA.
The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.
4 Fox Theater, Oakland, CA* (sold out)
5 BeachLife Festival, Redondo Beach, CA (Festival)
6 Golden State Theatre, Monterey, CA* (sold out)
8 The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ* (sold out)
9 Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, NM* (sold out)
10 The Mission Ballroom, Denver, CO (sold out)
12 Encore Theatre at Wynn, Las Vegas, NV*
13 Encore Theatre at Wynn, Las Vegas, NV*
14 Kilby Block Party, Utah State Park, Salt Lake City, UT (Festival)
18 Teatro Metopólitan, Mexico City, Mexico (sold out)
21 Corona Capital Festival 2023, Guadalajara, Mexico (Festival)
* Slow Pulp supporting
@ Pond supporting
LEG TWO (all dates with Franz Ferdinand and Bully):
6 The Atlantis, Washington, D.C. (sold out)
8 MGM Music Hall at Fenway, Boston, MA (sold out)
9 The Met, Philadelphia, PA (sold out)
10 The Anthem, Washington, D.C. (sold out)
12 Kemba Live!, Columbus, OH
13 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
14 Andrew J. Brady Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
16 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
17 Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville, NC (sold out)
18 Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN (Festival)
20 Coca-Coca Roxy, Atlanta, GA
21 The Fillmore, New Orleans, LA
23 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX
24 Southside Ballroom, Dallas, TX
25 Moody Amphitheatre, Austin, TX (sold out)
LEG THREE: (all dates, co-headline with Modest Mouse, special guest Cat Power):
20 Stone Pony Summerstage, Asbury Park, NJ (sold out)
21 The Rooftop at Pier 17 – New York, NY (sold out)
22 The Rooftop at Pier 17 – New York, NY (sold out)
29 TCU Amphitheatre at White River State Park, Indianapolis, IN
30 Salt Shed – Outdoors, Chicago, Il (sold out)
31 Salt Shed – Outdoors, Chicago, Il (sold out)
2 Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre, Vail, CO
4 Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise, ID (sold out)
6 Pavilion at Riverfront, Spokane, WA
7 Kettlehouse Amphitheatre, Bonner, MT (sold out)
8 Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, WA
9 Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, Vancouver, BC
12 McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
13 McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
15 Oxbow RiverStage, Napa, CA
16 Gallagher Square, San Diego, CA
Pixies’ world tour in support of Doggerel opened in March 2022. It included performances in the United Kingdom, Europe, South America, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. The band just recently wrapped up a month-long run across Europe and the UK as part of its tour.
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Boom! Studios’ upcoming 30th Anniversary Power Rangers comic book will have some special “bonus” content when it is released.
The company has partnered with the original Pink Ranger, Amy Jo Johnson to add an eight-page prelude story to the project. Boom! Studios is raising money to make the anniversary special happen. The campaign, dubbed the “Boom! Direct Reserve Campaign and as of Tuesday, it had raised nearly $600,000. The campaign closes at 3:10 p.m. EST p.m. Thursday.
Johnson recently made headlines when it was revealed she would not be involved in the television special, Power Rangers: Once & Always. The exact details of the story she is working on for the new comic book special are unknown at this time.
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Roughly two months ago, Walt Disney Studios released a new collection of vintage Disney cartoons in the form of Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1. The single-disc compilation of classic Disney cartoons proved to be a bit of a mixed bag, primarily because of the shorts that made up its body. Almost half of its shorts had already been released as part of Disney’s 2018 collection, Celebrating Mickey. The other shorts were pulled from the studio’s Have A Laugh shorts that themselves were met with some criticism from audiences. On Tuesday, Disney followed up that collection’s release with the digital release of Mickey & Friends: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 2. That very title is somewhat problematic for this compilation. It will be discussed a little later. The shorts that make up the new collection are both positive and negative. They will be discussed shortly. The shorts’ overall production quality is another positive worth noting, so it will also be addressed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the collection’s presentation. All things considered they make Mickey & Friends: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 2 a presentation that is at least a slight improvement over its predecessor worth watching at least once.
Walt Disney Studios’ latest collection of classic Disney shorts, Mickey & Friends: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 2 is a slight improvement over its predecessor/companion compilation, Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1. Released digitally Tuesday and set for physical release June 27, the new collection proves at least slightly better than its predecessor/companion compilation largely because of its featured shorts. As with that previous release, this compilation features 10 more vintage Disney shorts on a single disc. This time out, those responsible for deciding which shorts to include only pulled a pair of shorts from the studio’s 2018 collection, Celebrating Mickey. Of course it is tough to say that is really saying something considering that almost half of the shorts featured in Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1 came from that previously released collection. The remainder of the Mickey and Minnie collection were pulled from Disney’s Have A Laugh compilations. So really, Disney’s people had already used up almost the majority of the shorts featured in Celebrating Mickey, leaving so little to recycle again here anyway. To the positive, the shorts pulled from the studio’s Have a Laugh sets this time out are not recycled from Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1. Rather, four of the shorts were featured in Disney Channel’s 60-episode Have a Laugh series that ran from 2009-2012 but never included in the DVD presentations. The other four shorts were included in the Have a Laugh sets but not used in the previous 10-episode collection. So to that end, what audiences get in terms of the set’s shorts is material that at least from one volume to another hasn’t been recycled yet again.
Of course while the shorts that make up the collection’s main body is a positive, the bigger picture is somewhat problematic at the same time. That is because of how much of it was lifted from Disney Channel’s Have a Laugh TV series. Considering that series produced a total of 60 shorts (some new and some vintage) it would just seem to make more sense to release all of those episodes in one larger collection instead of continuing to spread them across various volumes, as was already done briefly in the studio’s four Have a Laugh single-disc compilations. Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1 is listed between $15 and $20 depending on the retailer (Best Buy most recently listed it at $15 and Walmart at $20). So odds are when this collection is released on DVD and Blu-ray, prices are likely to be in the same range. That means audiences are paying a lot of money for the content across the two volumes and will likely end up spending a lot more should Disney try to release any more collections from the Have a Laugh series. This is even more fuel for the argument to hold off on any more sets and instead release all of the shorts featured in the Have a Laugh series on one larger DVD and/or Blu-ray collection. Keeping all of this in mind, the content featured in this latest collection is a step up from its predecessor, but also leaves room for concern about any future collections.
Another concern that this collection brings comes in its very title. The title of this collection is Mickey & Friends: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 2. There was not a Mickey & Friends: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1 released ahead of this collection. The compilation that preceded it was, again, Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1. That collection focused on more than just Mickey and Minnie, adding in shorts that focused just as much on their friends, Donald and Goofy, and Mickey’s canine pal, Pluto. So to go from one title to the other while also trying to connect them with the “Volume 1” and “Volume 2” monikers shows a certain lack of attention to detail in the marketing. On a deeper level, that lack of attention to detail actually hurts the company’s reputation even more. That is because it makes it look even more like Disney’s staff cares more about the studio’s bottom line than actually honoring its history and its audiences. This lack of foresight on something as simple as the collection’s title is not enough to doom the presentation, but it certainly does not help the collection’s appeal. To that end, there is one more positive to note. It comes in the form of the collection’s production values.
The shorts featured in this collection originally premiered between 1935 and 1950, the audio and video has stood the test of time quite well. That is a testament to the time and effort put in by those charged with restoring the footage for its original presentation on Disney Channel for the Have a Laugh series. The color in the shorts is so rich and the audio still has that touch of static that is sure to create a welcome sense of nostalgia for audiences. The result there is a positive general effect for the overall presentation. Taking that into account along with the positive of the featured shorts, the end result is a presentation whose general presentation and aesthetics make for a presentation that is worth watching at least occasionally and that is at least a slight improvement over its predecessor/companion compilation.
Walt Disney Studios’ new vintage cartoon collection, Mickey & Friends: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 2 is a slight improvement over its predecessor/companion collection, Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1. The improvement is shown primarily through its featured shorts. The shorts featured here thankfully are not just more recycling of shorts featured in previous collections. Yes, there is some recycling, but it is far less prominent than in the aforementioned collection. That makes for at least some reason to give this collection a chance. At the same time that the featured shorts do help the presentation here, the collection’s title detracts slightly from its appeal. That is because it clearly was not thought through before being used for the set’s marketing. It makes it look like those responsible for marketing the set cared more about Disney’s bottom line than actually making sure every minor detail lined up. Thankfully the impact of this issue is not enough to doom the presentation. To that end, the shorts’ production works with the shorts themselves to add slightly more appeal. Considering the age of the shorts, the footage has been restored with a certain level of heart. That is evident in the quality of the film and its sound. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Mickey & Friends: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1. All things considered they make this latest compilation from Walt Disney Studios a slight improvement from its predecessor/companion collection that is worth watching at least occasionally.
Mickey & Friends: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 2 is available now on digital platforms and is scheduled for home physical release June 27 through Walt Disney Studios. More information on this and other titles from Walt Disney Studios is available at:
Fans of CBS and Paramount+’s latest addition to the ever expanding Star Trek universe – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds — got some good news about the series late last month. The news in question was the announcement that the series has been renewed for a third season, this despite the fact that the fledgling series’ second season has not even premiered yet. Its premiere date is scheduled for June 15. Such a statement from higher ups at CBS and Paramount is quite the statement of faith in the series. For those who have yet to even take in the series’ first season, it may well be justified. That is because as the recently released first season shows, it is the best installment of the Star Trek universe since…well…The Next Generation. The writing that went into this season makes that clear. It will be discussed shortly. While the writing does plenty to make the show fully engaging and appealing, Season One’s recent home physical release does have some issue, that being its packaging. This will be discussed a little later. The packaging is not enough to doom the new release. To that end, there is still one more positive to note, and it comes in the form of the cast’s work interpreting the writing. This will also be addressed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the new home physical release of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. All things considered, the recent home physical release of this standout series’ debut season largely a successful presentation despite its packaging concerns.
Late last month, CBS and Paramount+ brought their latest addition to the ever expanding Star Trek universe home on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray steel book. The recent home physical release proves to be largely a welcome addition to the home library of any Star Trek fan. That is saying a lot, considering it took its predecessor, Discovery, three seasons to finally prove itself a worthy addition to the Star Trek universe and it took another of its predecessors, Lower Decks, two seasons to finally become appealing. Picard only barely improved from its first season to its second, but not by much, too. The immediate positive impact of Strange New Worlds comes in large part through its writing. Unlike so many series out there today (including so many Star Trek series), this series brings audiences back to the days of episodic writing. This means that audiences do not feel like they have to invest so much of their time into the series to really appreciate the show. This even despite the fact that each episode opens with the standard “previously on…” introduction. The show’s writers are to be applauded for their work throughout the season, even from early on. Season premiere episode “Strange New Worlds” takes audiences back to the golden age of Star Trek as Captain Pike and the crew of the Enterprise have to hide their identities in order to rescue first officer Una Chin-Riley (Rebecca Romijn – X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand) from an alien world where she is being held prisoner. Things don’t go quite as planned as the genetic change used to hide the crew’s identity wears off on Spock and they are revealed to not be from the planet. Ultimately it leads to a powerful climax when Captain Pike (Anson Mount – Hell on Wheels, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Crossroads) stands at a tense political meeting of the planet’s representatives, offering them to join the Federation or destroy each other using the technology they have gained. As it so happens, the writers reveal the warp technology the planet’s people have obtained was the result of the events of Star Trek: Discovery Season 3. The tie-in there is handled expertly by the writers, who allow the reference but do not let it overpower the bigger story line. The result is that said reference will likely get newer audiences to go back and watch Season 3 of Discovery.
Another example of the power of the writing comes much later in the season in the form of the episode, “Spock Amock.” In the case of this episode, Spock (Ethan Peck – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, In Time, The Midnight Sky) and his fiancée, T’Pring (Gia Sandhu – A Perfect Plan, The Moth Diaries, A Simple Favor) accidentally change bodies when going through part of their courtship. Yes, it’s the old familiar plot device that’s been used in so many science fiction series. The thing is that in this episode, the writers do not allow it to fall into all of the trappings that those series have used and allowed to make the plot device to trite. Watching Sandhu (who is supposed to be Spock through most of the episode_ lay out another Vulcan makes for such a hilarious moment. That is because as serious as Spock is all the time, seeing that surprise moment is just so shocking and lighthearted. Meanwhile, T’Pring, in Spock’s body, has to help Pike navigate negotiations to being another alien race into the federation. The way in which Peck presents T’Pring handling Spock in the moment makes for an equally engaging juxtaposition to how Sandhu took on Spock being in her body. The whole is a surprisingly engaging comedy of errors, so to speak. How the pair finally return to their own bodies will be left for audiences to discover for themselves. It is a little bit too familiar, but still kind of funny in its own right. The whole here shows that even with an all too familiar plot device, the series’ writers are able to bring audiences something fresh, engaging and entertaining.
Another familiar plot device that has been used in previous Star Trek series (and other science fiction series) is that of a mystery ailment making its way through the Enterprise. One of the most notable times then happened was in TNG when a virus spread through the ship that essentially acted like alcohol, inhibiting the crew’s actions and judgements. The Enterprise is almost destroyed as a result. It all happened after the Enterprise’s crew went to investigate the death of another ship’s crew. In the case of “Ghosts of Illyria,” the virus gets onboard the Enterprise after the crew is beamed up from the surface of another planet that was ravaged by the effect of ion storms. The whole story will not be revealed here, but the virus infects the Enterprise’s crew and makes them crazy for light, to the point that they nearly destroy the ship, right down to Chief Engineer Hemmer (Bruce Horak – Warehouse 13, Transplant, In The Dark) trying to transport part of the planet onto the ship. Had Hemmer succeeded, it most certainly destroyed the ship. The tension that the writers create throughout the story makes this familiar matter fully original and in turn just as engaging and entertaining as the stories in the other episodes discussed here and the rest of the season’s episodes. The whole of that content and the bonus feature-length commentaries that accompany some of the episodes pair to make for plenty of appeal for viewers.
While the general content featured in the new home physical release of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season One does plenty to make this season a strong start for the series, the packaging thereof detracts from that appeal to a point. Speaking specifically about the season’s DVD packaging, the season’s 10 total episodes are spread across four discs. The discs overlap each other on the inside front and back of the case, with two discs on either side. One cannot help but wonder why all involved would use such an archaic packaging method, considering how easy it would have been to place one disc inside on the front, on inside on the back, and then put the other two discs on either side of a leaf inside the case. That would protect the discs while also allowing at least slightly more access to the welcome episode guide printed inside the case’s wrap. Instead, by placing them in overlapping style, viewers lose out. That is because they have to remove both discs on either side to get to just one disc. In the process of removing and replacing the discs, this packaging format dramatically increases the odds of the discs marring one another, in turn potentially reducing their life span. Keeping that in mind, this packaging used for Season One’s home physical release is very problematic. It is not enough to doom the season’s home physical presentation, but hopefully when the series’ second season becomes available to home viewers, all involved with rethink the packaging and do something…well…smarter (for lack of another word) with that season’s packaging. Knowing that the packaging is clearly problematic but not enough to doom the set, there is still one more positive to note. That positive is the cast’s work on camera.
Mount leads the way in terms of the performances as he returns to the role of the famed Capt. Pike. For those who might not be too familiar with the latest Star Trek series, Mount took on the role of Pike in the third season of Discovery in a standalone episode that threw back to the original Star Trek series, what with the whole issue of Harry Mudd and the Tribbles. He stood out just as much in that performance, too and it was likely that it was that performance that led to the creation of Strange New Worlds. The confidence that Mount brings to Mount in the needed moments and the controlled vulnerability that he displays as he faces his own mortality makes him just as enjoyable to watch as William Shatner (Capt. Kirk) and Sir Patrick Stewart (Cpt. Jean-Luc Picard) in their respective series. The moment when he sits down with the bridge crew and welcomes a young Uhura (played by relative newcomer Celia Rose Gooding) throws back to the performances of Stewart and Shatner in its own enjoyable way, too. Gooding herself presents her own impressive performance as the then cadet Uhura. The growth that she brings to Uhura as a persona makes her a fully sympathetic character because of the growing confidence that Uhura gradually displays. Her performances in the role are fully believable and enjoyable to watch during those formative years of Uhura’s career even as Uhura doubts her place aboard the Enterprise.
Peck deserves his own share of credit, too, as Spock. He is not the same Spock portrayed by the late great Leonard Nimoy, but his presence in the role really does its own share to mirror Nimoy’s performances, both in his more serious moments and at least one lighter moment. In similar fashion, Horak’s gruff Chief Engineer Hemmer is so lovable because he is that persona who still does have a certain amount of heart. Horak does so well balancing those sides of Hemmer throughout the season as does Babs Olusanmokun as ship’s doctor M’Bega. M’Bega is no Bones, but his moments on screen allow him to portray some personality, too. Speaking of medical staff, Jess Bush (Home and Away, Playing For Keeps, Skinford: Chapter 2) surprises as the young nurse, Christine Chapel. Chapel is essentially M’Bega’s second in command, yet every time she is on camera, the duality that she brings to the pair with her energy makes for its own share of engagement and entertainment, too. That is because of the comic appeal that she creates opposite M’Bega’s more serious tone. It is just one more example of the importance of the cast’s work here in SNW’s debut season. Between the performances examined here and those of the rest of the cast (all of which are just as deserving of praise in their own right), the overall work of the cast throughout Season One makes for so much engagement and entertainment. When the overall work of the cast is paired with the work of the series’ writers, the whole makes watching each episode so fully engaging and entertaining. That overall content makes Season One’s home physical presentation all the more deserving of praise, even considering the issue of the packaging. All things considered, the home physical release of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season One proves to be one of the best of this year’s new DVD and Blu-ray releases for grown-ups.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season One’s recent home physical release is a mostly successful presentation and start for the series. Its success comes in large part through its writing. The writing brings viewers something new and something familiar throughout its 10 total episodes. The writing makes the new stories fully engaging and entertaining because of their originality. The more familiar story lines are given equally, welcome new life thanks to the writing staff’s work. While the stories that were crafted for Season One are enjoyable, one can only hope that viewers will be able to watch them for years to come. That hope is due to the issue of the packaging method used for the set’s four discs. The overlapping of the discs greatly increases the risk of the discs scratching one another during removal and replacement of each disc, greatly increasing the risk of the discs’ life begin reduced. Thankfully this is not such an issue that it will doom the set. Keeping that in mind, there is one more positive to Season One’s presentation. It comes in the form of the cast’s work. From the bridge crew to the Engineering staff and others in-between, each cast member brings his or her own flair to the show that is enjoyable in its own right along with the writing. When the writing and performances are considered together, they ensure Season One is a strong start for Strange New Worlds and even despite the packaging issues, is one of the year’s top new DVD and Blu-ray box sets for grown-ups.
Star Trek: Strange New WorldsSeason One is available now on DVD, Blu-ray and steel book Blu-ray. More information on the series is available along with all of the series’ latest news at:
Rebooting movies and crafting movies about war seem to be favorite hobbies of movie makers. From the advent of the motion picture to the modern era, Hollywood’s major movie studios have churned out countless reboots, many of which have been movies about war. In 1930, studios’ habit of rebooting movies took an important new turn when Universal Pictures released the first cinematic adaptation of author Eric Maria Remarque’s now timeless novel, All Quiet on the Western Front. At the time, the movie broke new ground with its explicit depictions of the horrors of war. That was because it was not until 1934, when the Hays Code — also known as the Motion Picture Production Code – was established that any real regulation was in place to monitor movies’ content. Almost half a century would pass before the movie would see the light of day again – in 1979 on CBS — with a made for TV rendition of the story that starred Richard Thomas (It, Battle Beyond The Stars, The Waltons) and Ernest Borgnine (Spongebob Squarepants, The Poseidon Adventure, Airwolf) in the lead roles. Late last year, the movie received what is only its second reboot, courtesy of Netflix, capelight Pictures and Amusement Park Film. The new take on the story – which came more than four decades after the 1979 made for TV movie take on the story — earned nine Oscar® nominations and won in six of the categories for which it was nominated. Now Tuesday, the award-nominated and winning movie will be released on 4K UHD/Blu-ray combo pack through the noted companies and mpi Media Group. The movie is just as engaging and entertaining in its physical home release as in its streaming debut last year, if not more so. That is due in part to its extensive bonus content, which will be discussed shortly. In examining the movie itself, there is plenty to appreciate, not the least of which being its cinematography, which will be discussed a little later. The work of the movie’s cast rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the movie’s presentation. All things considered they make the new home release of All Quiet on the Western Front one of the best of this year’s new home movie releases.
Netflix/capelight Pictures/Amusement Park Film’s brand new 4K UHD/Blu-ray combo pack release of the new All Quiet on the Western Front reboot is a powerful, engaging new take on the timeless story from author Eric Maria Remarque. It is not an easy presentation to take in because it is so intense, and requires audiences truly to be in a specific mindset in order to fully be appreciated. That needs to be noted right off the top. Having noted that, there is a lot to appreciate for those who take the time to take in the movie in its new physical release, not the least of which is its bonus content. The most important of that bonus content comes in the form of the printed interviews in the movie’s companion 24-page booklet. The interviews are with director Edward Berger and historian/professor Daniel Schonpflug. The information that each man shares in his respective interview is important to the movie because of the background that it adds to the movie’s presentation.
Berger, for instance, talks during his interview, about how he and the movie’s other creative heads developed the fight scenes online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic preventing them from meeting in person. He notes in this discussion, those involved in the movie’s creation were spread across three continents, so coming together to develop the battle scenes was not an easy feat. On the matter of developing the story for the reboot, Berger also addresses the noted heavy emotional sense that permeates the movie. He said making the story so emotionally heavy was intentional because of how the war impacted Germany and its citizens. Speaking of that impact, Berger notes the fallout of the war, including how the kaiser ended up abdicating his rule and thus left the country essentially in a state of anarchy. This is something that is rarely if ever taught in American classrooms at any level.
As if all of this is not enough for audiences, Berger also discusses working with actor Felix Kammerer, who played the role of Paul in this outing. He had only positive comments about Kammerer in that discussion, and justifiably so. This will be addressed a little bit more later. He also talks about keeping himself grounded and focused while making the movie. In simple terms, this is a discussion on not letting his ego get the better of himself, which clearly paid off in watching the movie. There is even a mention of fellow famed movie maker Stanley Kubrick in these discussions that is certain to engage audiences.
Schonpflug’s discussions build even more on those from Berger. Schonpflug takes on topics, such as Remarque’s own experience as a conscripted soldier in the German army as it relates to his timeless novel. That is another item that few if any American teachers bring into discussions on this novel when they introduce the book to students. The revelation that Schonpflug makes here is enlightening to say the least. On an equally interesting note, Schonpflug also notes that in Germany, All Quiet on the Western Front was actually censored – and even burned – by the government at different points because of its overarching anti-war message. Yet again here is something that is rarely if ever taught about the book in American classrooms at any level. The shock of the realization is engaging in its own right and is just as certain to get audiences to start doing their own deeper research into the book.
As if all of this is not enough, Schonpflug also addresses how much of the war Remarque left out of the book, and his praise for Berger’s take on the novel in two more separate discussions. In regards to how Remarque presented the war in his novel, Schonpflug changed a number of scenes from his early drafts at the request of his then publisher. He gives the example of the moment Paul kills a French soldier, and the impact that it has on him. Berger adds that moment into this reboot, but changes it in his own way from the novel’s presentation. Schonpflug notes other changes Berger made to his take on the story in his thoughts on how Berger handled the movie, speaking of the changes. In the end, he praises Berger, saying Berger has fully succeeded in his imagining of the story. He is definitely right in that commentary.
Between the commentary addressed here and so much more, the overall commentaries provided by Berger and Schonpflug in their respective interviews makes for so much engagement, entertainment and appreciation for this latest take on All Quiet on the Western Front. The interviews are just some of the bonus content that audiences will appreciate, too. The in-depth “making of” featurette and the feature-length audio commentary builds even more on the foundation even more that was established through the interviews. All things considered, the bonus content that accompanies All Quiet on the Western Front in its new 4K UHD/Blu-ray presentation more than makes for reason for audiences to take in this movie in its new physical presentation.
The bonus content that accompanies the movie’s new physical release is just part of what makes the movie worth watching. Its cinematography makes for its own share of engagement and entertainment. This is clearly exhibited in the noted battle scenes on the front. The way the cameras move through the trenches and capture the frantic nature of the battles is so powerful in its own right. Seeing the smoke of the gas and from the shots fired as the soldiers make their way across the battlefield is just as intense and gripping. On the same note, a calmer moment, such as when Paul, Kat, Tjaden and the other soldiers are relaxing, enjoying the cooked goose is just as rich in its color and angles. Seeing the men admiring the French woman from a distance as they pass by really goes to show such a nice wide shot of the land. On a related note, Schonpflug also addresses the reality of sexual violence committed against French women by German soldiers in his interview. That is another eye-opening revelation that is never taught here in the U.S. about World War I. Even the opening scene of Paul and his friends planning to join the German Army is strong in its own right. That is because of the peacefulness and color of the buildings and streets in their hometown. It is a subtle, perhaps unintended, message, but becomes deep when one considers how such a town likely looked after the war. When audiences take into account Berger’s statements about his deliberate approach to getting every shot right, it adds even more to the appreciation for the work that went into the cinematography. Between these examples and so many others available to note, the whole of the movie’s cinematography makes for its own exceptional presentation and experience for viewers. The result is a foundation that is strengthened all the more for the presentation.
The work of the cast strengthens that foundation even more, beginning with and not limited to the work of Kammerer. To think that Kammerer’s first day in the movie industry was the first day of principal photography for the movie, he ended up presenting quite the talent throughout the movie. From a bright-eyed young recruit who lied to get into the German Army to a very quickly more seasoned soldier, hardened by combat, to eventually, a young man who realized the fallacy of what he was doing, Kammerer is to be applauded throughout the story. Case in point is Paul’s shock of having to collect dog tags from other, dead soldiers in his first experience in the trenches. One of those soldiers was one of his own friends. The tears that he shed, and having to keep going were the beginning of that change that Paul underwent. Thankfully, Kat took him under his wing and helped him to retain a certain amount of his humanity before things got even worse as the story progressed. The look of shock as he stabs the French soldier and then realizes what he had done, resulting in so much sadness and shame, is another of the most powerful moments in Paul’s change. That is because it is really at that moment he realized the fallacy of what he and the rest of the army were doing. That epiphany humanized Paul all the more, and continued to show Kammerer’s talent as an actor. Kammerer’s portrayal as Paul and another new group of soldiers is sent back to the front near the war’s end continues to show that talent, too. He portrays Paul as someone who is just fed up with it all and wants to go home like everyone else but knows he has a job to do. The way in which Kammerer carries himself in the moment makes a person feel so much for him at that very moment. What happens to Paul in the impending battle (which will not be revealed here for the sake of those who have not yet seen the movie) makes the outcome all the more hard hitting, emotionally.
Albrecht Schuch (System Crasher, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Mitten in Deutschland: NSU), who plays the part of Kat – Stanislaus Katczinsky – is also to be applauded for his own work opposite Kammerer. That is because of the way in which he manages to help keep Paul grounded. The focus that he brings out of Kat even in the intensity of battle helps to show the experience that Kat already had by the time Paul came into the war. His sensitivity as he talks about wanting to be back with his wife and the vulnerability that he brings out of Kat as he addresses his son’s death from smallpox makes him an even more endearing figure. To a point, audiences can actually argue that Schuch’s portrayal of Kat makes Kat something of, perhaps, a father figure to Paul even more than just a friend. It is that presence that helps to make Kat and Paul so enjoyable to watch together throughout the movie and just another example of the importance of the cast’s work.
On yet another note, the cast members who took on the role of the German and French officials on board the train deserve their own applause. Yes, they were largely supporting cast in the case of this movie, but the tension that they manage to create amongst themselves when they are on screen is fully believable, even though it is known that this moment was somewhat fictionalized. They include Daniel Bruhl as German diplomat Matthias Erzberger and Thibault de Montalembert as French General Ferdinand Foch. Devid Striesow (The Counterfeiters, Before The Fall, Downfall) is just as deserving of applause in his role as General Friedrichs. That is because of the contrast that he creates to the more level-headed approach of Erzberger, who was determined to bring the conflict to an end and save Germany any more suffering. Now, Friedrichs is not a real person. He was a character created for this take on the timeless anti-war protest story, but that aside, the way in which Striesow brings Friedrichs to life is so worthy of applause. That is because he shows that insistence that Germany fight on even as peace is being negotiated. Even before then, there is another scene in which Striesow leaves audiences wondering if Friedrichs is going to take his own life as he recalls the military successes of his father and grandfather. Interestingly he does not end up taking his own life, but that moment is so powerful in its simplicity and Striesow’s performance. Between his work and that of Bruhl, de Montalembert, and other supporting cast, their work proves just as important as that of the lead cast. When all of that work is collectively considered the result is a group of performances that makes for just as much engagement as the work of those behind the cameras, bringing the story to life. When all of that work is considered alongside the movie’s bonus content, the whole therein together with the overall story makes the new home physical release of All Quiet on the Western Front a must see, at least once, and a rare reboot that is actually worth watching.
Netflix/capelight Pictures/Amusement Park Film’s 2022 reboot of All Quiet on the Western Front is a surprisingly engaging presentation. That is because it proves itself a reboot that is actually worth watching. Its appeal comes in part through the bonus content that accompanies the movie’s new physical home release. The interviews with its director Edward Berger and historian/professor Daniel Schonpflug are among the most interesting of the bonus features. That is because of the background and history that the pair offer regarding the new movie, the book, and how each stacks up against the real story of Germany’s role in the first World War. The feature-length audio commentary and the standard “making of” featurette build on the foundation formed by the interviews to make for even more engagement and entertainment. The overall foundation formed therein is strengthened even more through the movie’s cinematography, which is just as engaging, what with the angles, the use of lighting and even something as simple as filters. The gritty portrayal of the battles and the contrast of the calm of the countryside make that clear. The work of the movie’s cast, both lead and supporting, builds even more on that foundation and puts the finishing touch to the presentation. That is because each actor’s work is so believable. Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the movie. All things considered they make this new physical home release of All Quiet on the Western Front one of the surprisingly best of this year’s new home releases.
All Quiet on the Western Front is scheduled for release Tuesday on 4K UHD/Blu-ray. The trailer for the new reboot of All Quiet on the Western Front is streaming here. More information on this and other titles from Netflix is available at:
Rick & Morty is unquestionably one of the most unique and intriguing animated series for grown-ups to come along in a very long time. The pair’s adventures have generated an audience base that is clearly very loyal to the property both on screen and on the printed page in the series’ comic book counterpart. This July, the comic book’s four-issue mini-series Rick & Morty vs. Cthulu will give audiences even more to appreciate about the franchise upon its release. The mini-series, which launched in December and wrapped this month, is set for release July 18 through Oni Press in a 112-page graphic novel. The story at the center of the mini-series is reason enough for audiences to take in the collection. It will be discussed shortly. The art presented throughout the story is of its own note, too, and will be discussed a little later. The paperback presentation’s average price point and its separate listings make the overall presentation even more positive. This will also be addressed later. When this aspect is considered along with the mini-series’ story and its art, the whole makes the overall presentation another work that longtime devotees of Rick & Morty will appreciate.
Oni Press’ forthcoming paperback presentation of Rick & Morty vs. Cthulu is a collection that is certain to entertain the franchise’s most devoted, longtime audiences. That is due in no small part to the story at the center of the mini-series. The story, which pokes fun at author H.P. Lovecraft and the place of his literary works in the world of pop culture and literature, is relatively simple: Rick and Morty have just gotten back home from a failed intergalactic mission involving alien mobsters. The mission failed thanks to Morty screwing up his part in the mission. As the pair returns, it turns out Morty’s dad, Jerry, is reading a book by infamous author H.P. Lovecraft, leading Rick to become suspicious of him and Morty’s mom, (Rick’s own daughter) Beth of being possessed by the forces of Lovecraft’s books. Along the way, the familiar breaking of the 4th wall that is used occasionally in the animated TV series is used to just the right amount, too. In order to make sure the forces of evil have not made it into the real world somehow, Rick, Morty, Jerry, Beth, and Morty’s sister, Summer, all enter the “Lovecraft Dimension.” Rick, Morty, and Summer end up being trapped in the dark dimension, but not before Beth and Jerry are able to make it back to the real world. Of course, the couple comes into play later in the story after Rick manages to get back to the real world. Getting back to the story, Rick, Morty, and Summer each end up in different Lovecraftian settings along the way, each its own unique situation that will keep audiences reading. Morty and Summer end up facing one another in one last battle as the story nears its end. Of course in typical Rick & Morty fashion, the battle does not turn out quite as expected. Readers will have to discover the outcome for themselves. The final confrontation between Rick and Cthulu following that battle turns out surprisingly, too, leading to the equally entertaining epilogue.
As the story progresses in each of the standalone issues, brief but concise summaries of the Lovecraft stories incorporated into the overarching arc are provided to help give context to the bigger picture. Whether that background will be provided with the full, paperback pressing is yet to be known. Hopefully it will be included, as it really does help enhance the reading experience and immerse readers even more into the overall story.
The story and the background provided together in each of the mini-series’ four issues go a long way toward making the presentation here well worth reading. It is just one part of what makes the mini-series engaging and entertaining. The artwork in each issue adds even more to that engagement and entertainment. The artwork makes each frame look just like it leaped from the screen to the printed page. That is thanks to the work of the trio of Troy Little, Leonardo Ito, and Christopher “Crank!” Crank The colors in each frame are so rich and the dialogue is so easy to read thanks to the work of each team member. What’s more, the unique style of the font within each page makes for even more enjoyment in reading. That unique styling for the font and the richness of the color even in the font helps establish the franchise’s identity even more and immerse readers that much more into the story. Keeping that in mind, the overall artwork clearly adds its own important touch to the overall presentation as the story itself.
As much as the content does to engage and entertain audiences throughout each issue of Rick & Morty vs. Cthulu, it is just part of what makes the upcoming complete mini-series release worth having among fans of Rick & Morty. The pricing for the collection will impress readers just as much as the content. Taking prices listed through Amazon, Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and Books-A-Million, the average price point for the collection is $23.19. That is not exactly a budget buster for anyone. That is just the average price point. Amazon, Walmart, and Target each list the book online below that price, at $21.99, which is just below the noted average. Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-a-Million each list the book slightly more expensive, at $24.99 each. Comic shops nationwide are certain to have their own price points, so readers would do well to check in on their prices, too. Simply put, fans of Rick & Morty and its print counterpart will not find themselves spending an arm and a leg with the forthcoming full collection of Rick & Morty vs. Cthulu. Yes, the average and separate price listings are higher than that of the separate issues (roughly $12 or a little more with tax total for all of the standalone issues), but again, not every town out there has a comic shop or place where fans can buy comic books, so being able to get this collection at a relatively affordable price is its own positive. To that end, that pricing and the overall content works together to make Rick & Morty vs. Cthulu a welcome read for any of the franchise’s fans.
The fourth and final issue of Rick & Morty vs. Cthulu is scheduled for released March 22 through Oni Press. The complete four-issue collection is scheduled for release July 18 through Oni Press. More information on the mini-series and other titles from Oni Press is available at:
The 20-song record will feature the single, ‘What Would You Like To Do Today?,’ which was previously only available on the vinyl pressing of It’s Such a Good Feeling: The Best of Mr. Rogers. Also featured in this collection are songs, such as ‘Good People Sometimes Do Bad Things,’ ‘Sometimes Isn’t Always,’ and ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’
The record’s track listing is noted below.
1. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
2. This Is Just The Day
3. What Would You Like To Do Today
4. We Are Elephants
5. Perfectly Beautiful Day
6. It’s A Lonely Kind Of Thing
7. Let’s Think Of Something To Do
8. Everything Grows Together
9. Good People Sometimes Do Bad Things
10. Please Don’t Think It’s Funny
11. I Like Someone
12. Did You Know?
13. It’s Very Hard To Wait
14. Sometimes Isn’t Always
15. I’m A Man Who Manufactures
16. The Truth Will Make Me Free
17. What Do You Do?
18. Sleep Little Baby
19. Peace And Quiet
20. It’s Such A Good Feeling
Back in the Neighborhood: The Best of Mister Rogers Volume 2 is the third collection of music from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to be released in four years. Thank You, Mister Rogers was released in 2019 through BFD.
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Walt Disney Studios has come a long way today from where it started out roughly a century ago in terms of its cinematic and television offerings. Sadly for the most part, that change has been anything but positive, though there have been some positives thanks to the studio’s partnership with the likes of Pixar Studios, and four years ago, fans of the classic days of Disney got a special treat with the release of the Blu-ray/DVD collection titled, Celebrating Mickey. The collection culled 13 vintage shorts that all celebrated Mickey Mouse’s legacy. Now Tuesday, fans of vintage Disney will get another treat in the form of another 10-short collection titled Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1 in a new Blu-ray/DVD set. The collection is a bit of a mixed bag presentation. That is due in large part to its features shorts, which will be discussed shortly. While the collection’s title is focused on Mickey and Minnie, audiences get more than just the pair throughout the shorts. This will be discussed a little later. It is another positive. The general presentation, in terms of the video and audio is one more positive to note here. It will also be addressed later. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this collection. All things considered Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1 proves a mostly positive tribute to the legacy of Walt Disney Studios’ animation history.
Walt Disney Studios’ new vintage animation collection, Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1 is an intriguing new presentation from the company. It is a presentation that is something of a mixed bag. That is due in large part to its features shorts. Almost half of the shorts featured in this 10-cartoon collection are already presented in the company’s 2018 BD/DVD release, Celebrating Mickey. They are: “Steamboat Willie,” “The Brave Little Tailor,” “The Little Whirlwind” and “Thru The Mirror.” The other six shorts featured here are new to this collection but not to previous Disney collections. Audiences might find some of the shorts here familiar because they were previously released in Disney’s Have a Laugh sets. That is actually a good thing because it brings some of those shorts together in one setting here. Of course, not all of the shorts from those sets are featured here. Odds are the ones not featured here will end up on the next collection, if another one does happen. Keeping all of this in mind, bringing these shorts together here is both good and bad all at the same time.
One of the best of the “new” shorts featured here is “Mickey’s Delayed Date.” This situation presents a fun story that finds Mickey forgetting about his date with Minnie for a costume party. The things he goes through as he realizes he overslept and tries to make his way to the party will ensure plenty of laughs from audiences of all ages. What’s more (not to give away too much), but the fact that he was trying to stay dressed formally against the realization of the situation makes for its own laughs. “Mr. Mouse Takes A Trip” is another memorable new addition to this collection. It finds Mickey and Pluto taking a train trip to the redwoods forest. The duo has to outsmart one of Mickey’s old foes in Pete as he takes on the role of the train conductor. Pete knows Mickey is trying to hide Pluto and has to try to bust him. The physical comedy that plays out is timeless. “Hawaiian Holiday” is yet another fun addition to the collection, even though Mickey and Minnie only play supporting roles in this short. Audiences will love to watch Goofy get bested by a wave as he tries to surf while Pluto finds himself at odds with first a starfish and then a crab. It’s just one more of a number of memorable moments exhibited here that makes the shorts collectively at least somewhat worth watching.
Staying on the note of Mickey and Minnie not being the leads in “Hawaiian Holiday,” that is just one of the shorts featured here in which the duo are not the leads. In total, only four of the shorts featured in this set – “On Ice,” “Hawaiian Holiday,” “Figaro and Frankie” and “Bath Day” – do not feature Mickey and Minnie as the leads. “Figaro and Frankie” and “Bath Day” are both focused on Minnie’s beloved feline friend, Figaro. “Figaro and Frankie” immediately lends itself to comparison to Warner Brothers’ Sylvester and Tweety cartoons, just not as edgy in the general approach, while “Bath Day” finds Figaro trying to avoid having to take a bath. What cat likes water, after all. “On Ice” focuses more on Mickey and Minnie’s pals, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy. Goofy gets harassed by some fish while Donald plays a not so nice prank on Pluto. Of course, Donald’s actions come back to bite him in the end. That resolution will be left for audiences to discover for themselves, so they can fully enjoy the outcome. Simply put, while the set’s title (and most of the shorts) focus on Mickey and Minnie, audiences get more than just the duo. Rather, viewers get some shorts that play tribute to their friends, too, so really it is the best of both worlds considering – again – the majority of the shorts are focused on Mickey and Minnie. That is actually quite a positive in its own right.
While the general content featured in this content offers some entertainment and concern, one thing that everyone can agree upon with the shorts is their general presentation. Considering that these shorts reach as far back as Disney’s formative days and just after those days, the footage has clearly stood the test of time. The audio and video sound and look impressive. The colors are rich, even with the one that started it all, “Steamboat Willie.” The sound ensures audiences won’t have to adjust the volume at any point in the presentation. The result is a largely positive general effect. That positive general effect works with the positives of the shorts noted to make the whole a largely successful presentation despite its few shortcomings.
Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume I is an interesting new presentation of vintage cartoons from Walt Disney Studios. It is not perfect but is still enjoyable. That is due in part to its featured shorts. Half of the shorts here were already presented in the company’s most recent release, Celebrating Disney in 2018. The other shorts were already presented in previous Disney’s previously released Have A Laugh cartoon collections. Having some of those set’s shorts culled together in one setting here is a positive, meaning audiences can watch them in one setting instead of having to switch between sets. Adding to the positives is that while the majority of the shorts featured here focus on Mickey and Minnie, audiences also get some treats with shorts that focus on their pals, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto. Even Pete, one of Mickey’s foes, gets a moment to shine in one of the shorts. To that end, there is some variety in these shorts. The production values in these shorts is just as important to the set’s presentation as the shorts themselves. That is because the sound and video is impressive in each short. They come together to give the presentation a positive general effect. When this is considered along with the shorts themselves, the whole makes Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1 a mostly successful offering from Walt Disney Studios, despite its shortcomings.
Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 1 is scheduled for release Tuesday through Walt Disney Studios. More information on this and other titles from Walt Disney Studios is available at:
Hollywood’s major movie studios offered audiences little to enjoy this year both in regard to theatrical and streaming content. This year’s crop of new cinematic presentations has just been more of the same prequels, sequels, reboots, and movies based on actual events and books. The last of those categories – the movies based on actual events and books – change so much from the source material that they are really that unworthy of watching and always have been. Anyone that wants the real stories behind those movies based on actual events would do better watching PBS’ American Experience and American Masters series.
Speaking of PBS, PBs is also known for importing shows from overseas that really are so much better than even what major American networks have to offer, as in the case of Endeavour and the surprisingly enjoyable rebooted series, All Creatures Great & Small. Both those series saw their latest seasons released to DVD and BD this year, and those seasons are included in this year’s list of the year’s top new DVD/BD box sets for grown-ups. Also on this year’s list is the recently released full series release of Seaquest DSV: The Complete Series. DC also had a number of notable home releases this year from series, such as Doom Patrol, The Flash, and Lois & Superman, all of which also made it onto this year’s list.
As with each list from Phil’s Picks, this one features the year’s top 10 titles in the given category and five honorable mention titles, for a total of 15 titles. From dramas to comedies to action and more, this year’s collection of new box sets for grown-up audiences offers so much enjoyment and engagement. Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks 2022 Top 10 New DVD/BD Box Sets For Grown-Ups.
PHIL’S PICKS 2022 TOP 10 NEW DVD/BLU-RAY BOX SETS FOR GROWN-UPS
All Creatures Great & Small: Season 2
Endeavour: Season 8
Seaquest DSV: The Complete Series
Abbott Elementary: Season 1
Star Trek Discovery: Season 4
The Flash: Season 8
Lois & Superman: Season 2
Doom Patrol: Season 3
The Honeymooners Specials: The Complete Collection
Peacemaker: The Complete First Season
Spiderman: Far From Home/Homecoming/No Way Home
James Bond: Daniel Craig 5-Film Collection
Star Trek Lower Decks: Season 2
Halo: Season 1
Titans: Season 3
Grown-ups were not the only audiences who received lots of enjoyable offerings this year in regard to home releases. Families in general also had lots to like this year in the way of home releases. Only 10 titles made Phil’s Picks list this year, instead of 10, just because there were not enough new family releases for families. This year’s field of notable family releases includes the 2022 World Series Collector’s Edition set, The Batman: The Complete Series, and even the complete series run of Ed, Edd, & Eddy. That Seaquest DSV set is technically family friendly, too, in comparison to so many action shows out there today. Keeping all of that in mind, here is the list of this year’s top new Family Friendly DVD/BD Box Sets.
PHIL’S PICKS 2022 TOP 10 NEW FAMILY FRIENDLY DVD/BD BOX SETS
The Batman: The Complete Series
The Proud Family Original Series: Anniversary Edition
Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood: Kindness Collection
World Series 2022: Collector’s Edition
Seaquest DSV: The Complete Series
Ed, Edd & Eddy: The Complete Series
Rugrats: Season 1, Volume 1
Kamp Koral: Season 1, Volume 1
The Patrick Star Show: Season 1, Volume 1
Scooby Doo & Guess Who: The Complete Second Season
That is it for this year. Work is already underway for new titles being released in 2023. The second season of the Rugrats reboot is due out in March, for instance. Strange New Worlds: Season 1 is due out around the same time. Lots of new music, movie, and TV reviews are coming as 2022 gives way to 2023, so stay tuned!