Call Of All’s Debut LP Is Available Now

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Independent rock act Call of All’s debut album is now available.

The band, composed of Hunter Watson and Cody Webb, released its debut album War & Illusion Friday, Aug. 25.  Webb produced and engineered the 7-song album, whose lead single and title track has earned the act quite a bit of attention since debuting this past June.  The song’s video has been viewed almost 100,000 times since its debut June 26.

Watson talked about the album, his acting career and more recently during an interview with al.com including Watson’s early music career. War & Illusion can be downloaded at iTunes now and streamed at Spotify.

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‘Hell On Wheels’ Final Episodes Are A Fitting Farewell To One Of TV’s Top Serials

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Courtesy: eOne/AMC

AMC’s hit western drama Hell on Wheels finally reached the end of its tracks this summer (bad pun fully intended) with the end of its fifth season.  The series’ end had been announced well before Season 5 started.  That didn’t make it any less difficult to see such a standout series comes to its end.  For those who didn’t want the series to come to its end, its final episodes were released on DVD and Blu-ray at November’s opening.  There is plenty to say about the series’ final volume of episodes beginning with the work of the show’s writers.  That will be discussed shortly.  The work of the show’s cast is just as important to note here as that of the show’s writers.  The bonus material included in this final volume of episodes rounds out its most important elements.  Each element plays its own clearly important in the collection’s presentation.  All things considered, Hell on Wheels: Season 5 Volume 2 proves to be a fitting final farewell for one of the best serials to come along in recent memory.

Hell on Wheels: Season 5 Volume 2 is a fitting final farewell for a show that is one of the best serials to come along in recent memory.  That statement is supported in part through the work of the show’s writers.  Once again the series’ writers managed in these final seven episodes to keep audiences completely engaged as they wrapped up all of the loose ends left from the first half of the season.  Not to give away too much, one of those loose ends might leave some audiences really disliking Cullen even despite everything else.  The writers did a good job of showing the difficulty in Cullen’s decision here.  But it’s still difficult to not dislike Cullen’s choice or to not dislike Cullen himself for that choice.  It is truly a heart wrenching moment.  It’s just one of the loose ends that is wrapped up in these final episodes.  Viewers finally see the end of Thor Gundersen in these final episodes, too.  This is perhaps the one moment in which the writers slipped up.  Every time it seemed like Cullen had finally finished off Thor, he was still alive.  That is until he finally meets his fate.  That moment is brutal in itself to watch.  Getting back on topic, the fact that Thor just kept coming back up until that moment made it seem like the writers weren’t entirely certain how to finish off Thor, so they used the different scenarios to keep the story moving in hopes that audiences wouldn’t mind his multiple deaths.  At the same time, finally presenting Thor’s past served to illustrate why he had become such an angry person.  So that makes up for the issues of Thor’s many deaths up until his final death.  One of the most surprising moments in which the writers’ work shines comes as Cullen is called to testify against Thomas Durant in Washington, D.C.  Cullen’s reaction as he sits before the committee was completely surprising.  It also showed in its own way perhaps another realization by Cullen about who he was in comparison to Durant.  That deeper element makes this moment stand out even more.  It’s just one more moment that exhibits the importance of the series’ writers in these final seven episodes.  There are so many others that could be cited.  But there isn’t enough time or space to cover them all.  Audiences will have to find them for themselves when they purchase or order this final volume of Hell on Wheels’ episodes.  While the work of the series’ writers clearly exhibits its own importance in the collection’s presentation, it is not the only important element to note.  The work of the series’ cast is just as important to note as the work of the series’ writers.

The work put in by Hell on Wheels’ writers in its final episodes goes a long way toward making them entertaining and engaging.  That is evident through the moments discussed here and through so many other moments.  Even with this in mind, the writers’ work is not the only work that makes these episodes so entertaining.  The cast’s work interpreting each episode’s script is just as important to note as the writers’ work.  One of the most notable moments that exemplifies the importance of the cast’s work comes as Thomas Durant sees first hand the death of someone very close to him.  He finally saw for himself the impact of his schemes.  It was clear from that moment on that he was not the same man anymore.  Colm Meaney’s handling of the moment made that traumatic moment so powerful.  He didn’t try to ham it up and scream, “nooooo” or anything else.  He merely had to look at what had happened to fully display the impact that the moment had on him.  His narration of the events leading to the moment, so calm yet clearly so hurt, added to the moment’s emotion.  Meaney handled it all with such expertise.  As devious as Durant had been throughout, this one moment actually will lead audiences to feel some level of sympathy for him.  Again, that is thanks to Meaney’s handling of the situation.  He is to be so highly applauded for his work here.  Fellow star Anson Mount is to be just as applauded for his display as he handles his own emotional struggles.  For so long throughout this series, Cullen has proven to be a rock solid figure in terms of his emotions.  But here in these final episodes, that façade finally begins to crack as he is forced to make some very difficult decisions.  One of the most intriguing of those moments comes as he encounters a Native American at a stream.  The pair stares one another down, waiting to see what the other will do.  It is a short moment, but when one looks back, it explains why Cullen told Grant he wasn’t an indian killer.  The defiance in his voice as he makes that clear to Grant makes so much more sense when one considers that moment.  There were no words, only actions and emoting.  Yet it was such a powerful moment.  Both Mount and his co-star shined brightly in that simple moment, showing once more than importance of the cast’s work to these episodes’ presentation. As with the work of the show’s writers, there are so many other moments that could be cited in explaining the importance of the cast’s work.  But that would take far too much time and space.  So, again, audiences will find plenty of other examples when they purchase or order Hell on Wheels: Season 5 Volume 2 for themselves.  Keeping this in mind, the work of the series’ writers and cast are obviously both important to the episodes’ presentation here.  They are just two of the series’ most important elements.  The bonus material included in the episodes’ recent home release is just as important to note in their presentation as the writing and acting behind each episode.

The work of Hell on Wheels’ writers and cast are both pivotal to the series’ continued entertainment in its final episodes.  The writers managed to wrap up the show’s leftover loose ends relatively well and keep audiences entertained and engaged in the process.  The cast did just as much to entertain audiences as evidenced through the work of Colm Meaney and Anson Mount (and their cast mates).  While the work of the series’ cast and writers is undeniably important to the presentation of its final episodes, they are just two of the elements that make this collection’s presentation enjoyable.  The bonus material that is included with the collection is just as important to note as the writing and acting in these episodes.  As with each of the series’ previous installments each episode is coupled with its own “Inside the Episode” audio commentary.  Needless to say, that commentary is not to be missed.  The other bonus material is less extensive.  But it does a good job bringing everything full circle.  “Golden Spike” is the shortest of the bonuses. It last all of perhaps a couple of minutes, if that.  But audiences learn through this little piece that the golden spike was very real.  They also learn that allegedly every telegraph in the country was silenced on the day that the golden spike was hammered into the transcontinental railroad.  That was so that when the message was delivered—by the strike of the hammer—every person in the country would know that was the moment when the spike was being driven.  That is something that generally isn’t taught in history classes at any level, so it is interesting to learn.  “Wrap Up” and “A Look At The Final Episodes” are both interesting in their own way as they offer the cast and crew the chance to comment on the importance of the episodes’ stories as well as working on the final episodes.  Viewers will be most intrigued to learn of Anson Mount’s connection to Cullen as he discusses topics such as Cullen having to kill and bury Elam, who had become such a friend to Cullen.  Robin McLeavy also gets the chance to discuss Eva’s personal growth from the series’ opening to the final episode.  This discussion is just as important to take in because it reminds audiences that while Eva might not have been one of the series’ marquee characters, she was still very integral to its development in her own right.  It’s just one more discussion that exhibits the importance of this collection’s bonus material.  There are so many other discussions both in the shorter features and the episode-length commentaries that add their own depth to the collection.  When they are joined with the discussions noted here, the whole of that bonus material proves to be just as important to the collection as the episodes and their content.  When all three elements are combined, they make clear why Hell on Wheels: Season 5Volume 2 is a fitting final farewell for what is one of the best serials to come along in a long time.

Hell on Wheels: Season 5 Volume 2 is a fitting farewell for a series that is one of the best serials to come along in a long time.  Considering how many serials are out there today versus standalone series, that is saying a lot.  From day one, this series has proven to be a serial actually worth watching.  This collection is no different.  It shows just as much why the series is worth the watch whether one is a fan of dramas or a western fan.  That is evidenced primarily through the work of the series’ writers.  Even with perhaps one or two minor slip-ups here and there, the writers succeeded by and large in these final episodes.  The cast was just as entertaining as ever, too.  The bonus material that accompanies the work of the series’ cast and writers rounds everything out.  That is because it brings everything full circle all while keeping audiences just as engaged as ever.  Each element is important in its own right to the collection.  All things considered, Hell on Wheels: Season 5Volume 2 proves, again, to be a fitting farewell to a rare serial that is actually worth watching.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Hell on Wheels: Season 5 Volume 2 is available online now along with more information on Hell on Wheels at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.amc.com/shows/hell-on-wheels

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Entertainment One, AMC To Release ‘Hell On Wheels: The Complete Series’ This Fall

Courtesy: Entertainment One/AMC

Courtesy: Entertainment One/AMC

This fall Entertainment One will release AMC’s hit western serial Hell on Wheels in its entirety in one complete set.

Hell on Wheels: The Complete Series will be released Tuesday, November 1st.  It will be released on DVD and Blu-ray.  The series’ 57 episodes will be spread across 17 discs in the set and total more than 40 hours.

Hell  on Wheels earned three Western Heritage Awards for Outstanding Fictional Drama over the course of its five seasons on AMC.  The new complete series set includes a number of bonus features including: “The Making of Hell on Wheels,” “Inside the Episodes” featurettes, and more.  The bonus material included in the set is noted in whole below.

 

BONUS FEATURES

 

HELL ON WHEELS: THE COMPLETE SERIES 

  • The Making of HELL ON WHEELS
  • “Inside the Episode” Featurettes
  • Character Featurettes
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Set Tour with Anson Mount

 

Hell on Wheels: The Complete Series will retail for MSRP of $149.98 on Blu-ray and $119.98 on DVD.  It will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, November 1st.  More information on Hell on Wheels is available online now along with all of the series’ news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.amc.com/shows/hell-on-wheels

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HellonWheelsAMC

Twitter: http://twitter.com/hellonwheelsamc

 

 

 

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Anchor Bay, AMC Announce Release Date, Specs For Turn: Season 2

Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment

AMC’s hit period drama Turn: Washington’s Spies will premiere its third season this spring. In anticipation of its arrival, Anchor Bay Entertainment has announced that it will release the series’ second season just ahead of Season Three’s premiere.

Turn: Washington’s SpiesThe Complete Second Season will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, March 22nd. It will be released exclusively on DVD and will contain all ten episodes from Season Two’s run on AMC. As Season two progresses Abe (Jamie Bell—Jumper, King Kong, The Adventures of Tintin) becomes even more involved in the actions of the Culper Ring. And General Washington (Ian Kahn—Dawson’s Creek, As The World Turns, The Box) faces his own battles both within himself and among the men that he leads. The battle for independence heightens even more both on and off the battlefield for everyone else, too as Season Two progresses.

Seth Numrich (Gravity, Private Romeo, Macbeth Unhinged) returns in Season Two as Ben Talmadge. Also on board in Season Two are Daniel Henshall (The Babadook, Out of the Blue, The Beautiful Lie) as Caleb Brewster, Heather Lind (Boardwalk Empire, A Single Shot, Demolition) as Anna Strong, Kevin R. McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean 1 – 4, Downton Abbey, Supernatural) as Judge Richard Woodhull, Meegan Warner (Portend, Scare Campaign, 1MC: Something of Vengeance) as Mary Woodhull, Burn Gorman (Crimson Peak, Pacific Rim, The Dark Knight Rises) as Major Hewlett, Angus Macfadyen (Braveheart, We Bought A Zoo, Saw III) as Robert Rodgers, JJ Feild (Captain America: The First Avenger, Centurion, Austenland) as Major John Andre, and Samuel Roukin (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Bright Star, Miss Austen Regrets) as Captain John Simcoe. Also joining the cast in Season Two are Ksenia Solo (Black Swan, Orphan Black, Lost Girl) as Peggy Shippen and Owain Yeoman (American Sniper, Troy, The Mentalist) as Benedict Arnold.

Along with its full complement of episodes, Season Two will also include a handful of bonuses. Those bonuses include: Deleted & Extended Scenes, the behind-the-scenes featurette “Inside Turn: Washington’s Spies, and more. The complete list of bonuses included in Season Two is noted below.

 

Bonus Features:

  • Inside TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES

 

  • Deleted & Extended Scenes

 

  • A Treacherous Trio

 

  • Washington & Billy Lee

 

 

Turn: Washington’s SpiesThe Complete Second Season will be available in stores on DVD on Tuesday, March 22nd. It will retail for MSRP of $49.98. More information on this and other titles from Anchor Bay Entertainment is available online now at:

 

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The Image Revolution Is Not Just For Comic Book Fans

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

With great power comes great responsibility. Regardless of whether or not a person is a Spiderman fan or even a fan of comic books in general, most people know that timeless line spoken by Peter Parker’s uncle Ben.  It is also a piece of knowledge that would have served the founders of Image Comics well when they founded the independent comics company.  That is evident in watching Shout! Factory’s new documentary on Image Comics The Image Revolution.  While it is a documentary that centers mainly on the rise, fall, and re-emergence (of sorts) of Image Comics it is more than just a documentary about a comics company.  It is a documentary about a business.  That being the case, it is a presentation that will reach not just comic book lovers but even those with any interest and/or experience in the business world.  That is the central element of program that makes it worth the watch.  The manner in which the documentary was presented is another element worth noting.  That includes the interviews with those that founded Image Comics and the comic book panel style transitions and the vintage footage incorporated into the documentary.  Last but hardly least of note in this presentation is its bonus interview segments.  The bonus material in question presents the interview material not included in the program’s main presentation.  So basically they round out the documentary in whole.  It’s one more part of the Image Revolution’s whole that makes it such an interesting watch whether one is a comic book fan, an artist, or a business person.  Altogether, all three elements make The Image Revolution an early candidate for a spot on 2016’s list of Best New Documentaries.

The Image Revolution is an early candidate for a spot on 2016’s list of the year’s Best New Documentaries.  The documentary’s subject matter is the main element that makes it such a worthwhile watch.  The documentary’s subject matter centers on the history of independent comic book publisher Image Comics.  It follows the company’s meteoric rise to fame (and that of the men that started the company), its fall, and eventual return to greatness.  The story is one that will appeal not just to lovers of comic books and graphic novels but to artists of all types and even those with any interest and/or experience in the business world.  It is not just a niche presentation despite its subject matter.  It shows how a group of men working for America’s two biggest comic book companies left those companies in order to form a company that was to be the antithesis of those companies yet in its own way became everything that it stood against.  In turn it ended up struggling to a point before enjoying a revival that has continued to this very day.  Those that are lovers of comic books and graphic novels will appreciate the story of how far Image Comics has come as well as the collective story of the men that started Image and the titles that each used to launch the company.  Those that are experienced in art in its various forms will appreciate the discussions on how each man started out drawing his respective title but then found himself growing away and relegating that duty in large part to someone else.  Those that have any experience and/or interest in the business world will find interesting the very story of the financial irresponsibility of the company’s founders.  That irresponsibility would of course serve as a lesson for each as the men grew both by themselves and together.  Whether one focuses on the business aspect of the story, that of the men and titles that launched Image Comics, or the different art styles of each artist, there is something for a number of audiences.  This is just one way in which The Image Revolution proves itself to be such a worthwhile watch and standout documentary.  It isn’t the only element that makes it stand out so well either.  The manner in which the documentary was presented is another important element in the whole of its presentation.

The story that lies at the center of The Image Revolution is in itself an important part of this documentary.  It is a multi-faceted story that will reach more than just the obvious audience base.  This is just one element that stands out in The Image Revolution’s overall presentation.  The manner in which the documentary is presented is just as important to its presentation as the story at the center of the program.  The program is presented through a mix of interviews with Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, and the rest of Image Comics’ founders, classic footage from the company’s vaults, and transitions presented in the fashion of comic book page panels.  The interviews allow McFarlane and company to tell the company’s story in their own words.  While each man chooses his words wisely, none minces words at the same time.  Audiences will laugh as Rob Liefeld does his best impersonations of McFarlane from time to time.  On another note, Jim Lee’s discussion on being asked to take part in Rob Liefeld’s removal from Image is just as interesting.  Audiences can hear it in Lee’s voice and see it in his face how much it pained him to have to be part of that change.  Savage Dragon creator Erik Larson and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman have their own interesting anecdotes over the course of the documentary.  Audiences will laugh as Kirkman reveals how he got Image to take a chance on The Walking Dead.  That won’t be revealed here.  That is because of its link (so to speak) to The Walking Dead series.  Audiences will actually laugh at Kirkland’s ultimate revelation.  At the same time, said revelation will keep audiences watching the TV series just as rabidly as a result.  Erik Larson’s humility in discussing how he handled the fame and fortune early on and even later on is refreshing.  It shows that he didn’t and hasn’t let any of what he does go to his head.

The interviews that are featured throughout the course of The Image Revolution’s eighty-three-minute run time are their own important part of the approach to the documentary’s presentation.  The classic footage that is incorporated into the documentary adds even more interest to its overall presentation, too.  It is clear that the footage was recorded via VHS camcorder.  That is because it is obvious no attempt was made to clean up the footage.  The footage in question features McFarlane and company at comic book signings that were jam packed with fans at every stop.  There is also footage of how things went in the Image offices on an everyday basis along with much more.  Audiences will love watching all of the vintage footage.  It will transport viewers back to Image’s golden age and really serve to show how high things were for all involved at the time.  At the same time, it helps to heighten the story as it advances.  Speaking of that advancement, the transitions are just as important to the program’s presentation as its interviews and vintage footage.

The transitions that are used throughout the course of The Image Revolution might not seem like all that important of an element to its presentation.  But believe it or not they are in fact quite important to its presentation.  The transitions are presented as panels from the pages of a comic book right down to their animation.  They serve a special purpose in the story.  That is because they really increase the story’s emotion in both directions, thus keeping audiences fully engaged.  Together with the interviews and vintage footage all three elements combine to make the presentation of The Image Revolution rock solid.  Of course they are still not all that makes this documentary worth the watch.  The extended interviews that are included as bonus material round out the documentary.

The approach that was taken in presenting The Image Revolution is in itself a powerful element in the whole of this new documentary from Shout! Factory.  So much thought and work obviously went into its thorough presentation.  That set alongside the documentary’s central story gives audiences plenty of reason to watch this program.  As much reason as they give viewers to watch this documentary, they are not its only notable elements.  The extended interviews that are included as bonus material round out the presentation’s positives.  The interviews in question are, as labeled, extended.  They feature more in-depth discussion than what is presented in the main body of the documentary.  Liefeld, Lee, and Kirkland are all featured in the interviews.  They discuss a variety of topics, too.  From the success of AMC’s The Walking Dead to working on specific books and more, there is plenty for audiences to appreciate here.  There is even a secondary set of interviews with those close to Image comics that adds even more interest for audiences.  Those collected interviews combine with the work put into the documentary’s presentation and the documentary’s primary story to make a nearly ninety-minute presentation that comic book fans will love just as much as artists and even those in the business world.

Whether it be for the story of Image Comics itself or for the manner in which the story was presented, or even for the bonus extended interviews, The Image Revolution presents plenty for audiences of all types to appreciate. In having so much to appreciate, that wide range of audiences will agree in watching this program, that it is easily an early candidate for any critic’s list of 2016’s top new documentaries. It is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/documentary/the-image-revolution. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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Grown-Ups Got Plenty Of Alternatives To Theaters’ Offerings In 2015

This year’s big screen offerings brought big numbers for theaters. The problem is that the majority of those big numbers were the result of Hollywood’s (and audiences’) seemingly insatiable appetite for prequels, sequels, and remakes. It’s a sad statement when one really sits down and thinks about it. And thankfully more audiences are coming to their senses about it each year and staying home instead, taking in the variety of alternatives being offered on television and online. Given, far too many of those alternatives were (and still are) serials, dramas, and some mixture thereof. But for all of the serials and dramas out there, they were just a drop in the bucket in terms of just how much was offered to audiences this year in the way of home entertainment. Shout! Factory released two more volumes of episodes from the cult classic series Mystery Science Theater 3000 this year. It also released the final two seasons of the classic sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, the complete series run of The Saint, and much more. PBS has released all three current seasons of its hit reality/cooking show A Chef’s Life, and partnered once again with itv to release the third season of Mr. Selfridge. Timeless Media Group even gave audiences a good scare this year with the release of A Haunting: Season Seven. And for all of the conspiracy theorists out there, Lionsgate and History channel offered up the seventh season of Ancient Aliens. These are just some of the alternatives offered to audiences this year from the home entertainment realm. And they are all on the Phil’s Picks list of 2015’s Best New Box Sets for Grown-Ups. That is in comparison to box sets for the whole family. That is a whole other list. That list will be presented tomorrow. In explaining the choices for the list of this year’s top new box sets for grown-ups, the overall packaging of each set was taken into consideration alongside each set’s bonus materials (or lack thereof) and the writing that went into each presentation. The combination of each element in each set went into coming up with this list. Not every set had bonus material such as with Welcome Back, Kotter’s third and fourth season. But the writing behind each season made each season entertaining enough that they each stand quite well on their own merits. The bonus material featured in both volumes of MST3K played a big role in their presentations deserving them their own spots as did the bonus material in Time Life’s new Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts box set and that of Hell on Wheels’ fourth season. That should hopefully give at least some background on why each title was listed where it was listed. Keeping that in mind every title listed here is fully deserving of its spot on this list. So enough rambling. Without any further ado, I offer for your reading pleasure dear readers, the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New Box Sets for Grownups. As always, the Top 10 make up the main body of the list while the bottom five each receive special mention as they deserve to be on the list just as much. Here you go!

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 TOP 10 NEW BOX SETS FOR GROWN-UPS

  1. A CHEF’S LIFE: SEASON 1

 

  1. A CHEF’S LIFE: SEASON 2

 

  1. A CHEF’S LIFE: SEASON 3

 

  1. WELCOME BACK, KOTTER: SEASON 3

 

  1. WELCOME BACK, KOTTER: SEASON 4

 

  1. MR. SELFRIDGE: SEASON 3

 

  1. THE DEAN MARTIN CELEBRITY ROASTS: STINGERS AND ZINGERS

 

  1. HELL ON WHEELS: SEASON 4

 

  1. MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXXIII

 

  1. MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXXIV

 

  1. THE SAINT: THE COMPLETE SERIES

 

  1. BROADCHURCH: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

 

  1. HALT AND CATCH FIRE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

 

  1. A HAUNTING: SEASON 7

 

  1. ANCIENT ALIENS: SEASON 7

 

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AMC, eOne Announce Release Date, Specs For Hell On Wheels: The Complete Fourth Season

Courtesy:  AMC/eOne

Courtesy: AMC/eOne

This Saturday, AMC’s hit western serial Hell on Wheels returns for its fifth and final season. For those that perhaps might have missed out on the events of the hit drama’s fourth season and who in turn don’t want to spoil things for themselves, AMC and eOne have announced that those fans won’t have to wait much longer for Season Four to hit store shelves out online outlets.

AMC and eOne have announced that Hell on Wheels: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, August 11th. Hell on Wheels’ fourth season picks up right where Season Three left off. Audiences find Cullen marrying the now pregnant Naomi and having to live in the Mormon fort where she and other Mormons currently live. Making things even more tense is the fact that The Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl) is there, pretending to be the church leader Bishop Dutson. Thomas Durant (Colm Meaney) is back in charge of the Union Pacific Railroad, which had succeeded in its western expansion, making it all the way to Cheyenne. Elam (Common) has recovered from the injuries sustained in a bear attack at the end of Season Three, which happened as Elam had been searching for Cullen. Season Four sees the fallout from all of these events and more as the railroad continues its expansion. Audiences can check out a trailer for Season Four’s upcoming home release online now via Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/118781754.

Courtesy:  AMC/eOne

Courtesy: AMC/eOne

Along with its gripping story lines, Hell on Wheels: The Complete Fourth Season also boasts a handful of bonuses for fans including: a behind the scenes look at Season Four, an introduction to the new characters introduced in Season Four, episode specific featurettes, and much more. The complete list of bonuses featured in Hell on Wheels: The Complete Fourth Season is listed below.

BONUS FEATURES:

  • A Look at Season 4
  •  The New Characters of Season 4
  • Cheyenne Set Tour
  • Anson Mount Retrospective
  • On the Set with Colm Meaney
  • On the Set with Jake Weber
  • Episode Featurettes

As the days count down to the premiere of Hell on Wheels’ final season and the home release of Season Four, audiences can keep up with all of the latest from the show online at:

Website: http://www.amc.com/shows/hell-on-wheels

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The Dead Rise Again This Summer

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Courtesy: AMC/Anchor Bay Entertainment

The Walking Dead rises again this summer!

Anchor Bay Entertainment has just announced that the fifth season of AMC’s hit zombie drama will be released on DVD and Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack on Tuesday, August 25th. Season Five opens with Rick and company having to make their way out of Terminus after it is revealed that its inhabitants are murderous cannibals. Of course the zombie hordes are there, too. Gareth is hot on the group’s trail, too. Along the way, loyalties are once again tested as are the wills of the survivors in a number of situations. Season Five will come complete with roughly three hours of bonus material for true diehard fans. Those bonuses are listed below.

Bonus Features on the Blu-ray™ + Digital HD and DVD include:

Audio commentaries featuring Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer Tom Luse, Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor /Director Greg Nicotero, Director Julius Ramsay; Actors Lauren Cohan, Chad L. Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Danai Gurira, Alana Masterson, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Norman Reedus, Christian Serratos and Steven Yuen.

Deleted Scenes
Inside “The Walking Dead”
The Making of “The Walking Dead”
The Making of Alexandria
Beth’s Journey
Bob’s Journey
Noah’s Journey
Tyreese’s Journey
A Day in the Life of Michael Cudlitz
A Day in the Life of Josh McDermitt
Rotters in the Flesh

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season will retail for MSRP of $79.99 on Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack and $69.98 on DVD. More information on The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season as well as the series’ upcoming sixth season is available online now at:

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Halt And Catch Fire Surprises In Its Debut Season

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Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment/AMC

AMC’s drama Halt and Catch Fire just kicked off its second season over this past weekend. The series, which is centered on the earliest days of the personal computing boom, proved over the course of its first season to be one of the network’s most surprisingly entertaining shows. Now thanks to both AMC and indie studio Anchor Bay, audiences can see Season One for themselves and catch up with this provocative human drama before Season Two gets moving too much. That is because Halt and Catch Fire: The Complete First Season is currently available in stores and online on Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack and DVD + Digital combo pack. Viewers will see in watching the series’ first season that even if they are not interested in the history of the personal computing industry, they will still find plenty to like beginning with the series’ writing. Between the story that gradually develops over the course of Season One’s ten total episodes and the development of the show’s characters, the show’s writers have hit on something special here. It is something that effortlessly keeps audiences coming back for more. The work of the show’s main cast is just as notable in its enjoyment and success, too. The cast members do just as much to bring the characters to life and pull audiences into the show’s universe. The work of the series’ crew—more specifically the series’ costume and set designers—puts the finishing touch on the show. Thanks to their painstaking efforts, audiences really feel like they are looking back in time in watching each episode of Season One. This makes suspension of disbelief infinitely easier. It brings everything full circle. That is because the audiences’ ability to easily suspend its disbelief leads to more time to focus on the combined efforts of the series’ writers and cast. Focusing on those elements, audiences will see for themselves just how much was done right with this series in its first season. In turn, audiences will agree that Halt and Catch Fire: The Complete First Season makes for one of this year’s best new box sets for grown ups.

Halt and Catch Fire showed in its debut season to be one of the most surprisingly entertaining series not just in comparison to AMC’s other series but in comparison to dramas across the board. It proved by and large to be a series that even those not interested in computer engineering, and all related topics would enjoy. The main reason that it proved to be so surprisingly enjoyable is its writing. It would have been so easy for the show’s writers to focus mainly on the computers and related tech topics in this series considering that the series is in fact centered on the start of the personal computing boom. Thankfully, the writers didn’t take that easy, formulaic way out. Rather, they made sure to make the actors and the story itself the star of the show. They focused on story development and character development alike. Within the story development, the writers made sure to not let every episode end in a cliffhanger or even pseudo-cliffhanger unlike so many other serials out there. Yet somehow, they managed to leave audiences wanting more at the end of every episode. More simply put, none of the episodes’ closing moments felt forced, again unlike so many other serials out there today. Even within the episodes themselves, at no point does the writing feel forced. Even being a historical fiction for all intents and purposes the writing within each story feels natural. In turn it makes suspension of disbelief all the more believable. That means that audiences will that much more easily be able to allow themselves to be pulled into the series’ world and feel more like they are right there than just sitting there watching a TV show. That is a real tribute to the series’ writers and proves clearly why the writing behind Halt and Catch Fire: The Complete First Season is central to its success and enjoyment.

The writing behind Halt and Catch Fire is central to it success and enjoyment in its debut season. As noted, the show’s writers went to painstaking lengths to make sure it didn’t turn out like so many other serials out there today. Their efforts paid off greatly, as audiences will see through all ten Season One episodes. While it boasts its own level of importance to the series, it is only one part of the first season’s success and enjoyment. The work of the show’s cast is just as important to its success and enjoyment. That having been noted, Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbitt: The Desolation of Smaug), Scoot McNairy (Argo, Non-Stop, 12 Years A Slave), and Mackenzie Davis (That Awkward Moment, Smashed, Breathe In) were the perfect choices for their roles. From the season premiere to its finale, all four actors keep audiences completely engaged. Pace makes it so easy to hate Joe McMillan yet want to know who he really is and what he really is. In the same vein, McNairy made it just as easy for audiences to root for Gordon and even feel sorry for him as he was ripped from his workaday life and pulled into Joe’s plan; a plan that sees Gordon reach great highs and equally low lows. Davis’ portrayal of Cameron is worthy of mention, too. That is because just as with her cast mates, she embraced her role. In embracing her role, she really brought out Cameron’s contradictory mix of self-confidence and innocence. The result here was a character that is just as believable as Gordon, which is perhaps why the duo was so entertaining together throughout Season One. She is the stereotypical young person who is in reality just as innocent and naive as she is self-assured. Davis never overdoes it or underperforms in her presentation in this regard. She gets it just right throughout. The same can be said of McNairy and Pace in the handling of their respective characters’ personalities. Collectively, their on-screen work in every avenue makes them entirely believable. Their portrayals coupled with their interpretations of the writers’ scripts makes for that much more enjoyment. It shows yet again just how much this series has to offer audiences even in its debut season. That being the case, it shows why the series’ first season set is one of the year’s best for grown ups.

The combined work of both the writers and cast in Halt and Catch Fire’s first season gives audiences plenty to like. It makes this season’s set well worth the purchase and the watch. As pivotal as both parties’ work proves to be it still is not all that makes the show’s first season a surprise hit. The work of the show’s costume and makeup department coupled with that of its set design crew is just as key to the overall presentation of Season One. All involved went to their own painstaking efforts to re-create 1980s-era America. From something as simple as the design of Gordon’s glasses to more complex elements such as the women’s hairstyles to the cast’s clothing styles in whole, the costume and makeup department made certain to make the characters look like they came right out of a time machine. On the level of the show’s sets, Gordon’s house and his car are key examples of how hard those charged with reproducing the bigger look of the time worked to bring that era back to life. One could even cite the arcade in which Joe first met Cameron or the store from which Gordon stole the Cabbage Patch Kid as prime examples of how hard the show’s production crew worked to re-create the look of the times. There is much more discussion on this aspect of the show’s success in its bonus feature “Re-Making The 80s” that does an even better job of explaining the importance of the work put in by those behind the cameras. The insight offered through this discussion makes completely clear the importance of their work. In understanding the importance of said individuals’ work, audiences will hopefully see once and for all just how much went in to bringing Halt and Catch Fire to life even if only in this aspect. It is hardly the least notable element of the show’s success and enjoyment. Coupled with the combined work of the show’s cast and writers, all three elements together prove once and for all why the first season of Halt and Catch Fire is so surprisingly enjoyable and why the season’s box set is in fact one of this year’s best for grown up audiences.

Whether it be for the work of its writers, that of the show’s cast, or even that of the people behind the cameras, there is a lot to like about Halt and Catch Fire in its debut season. Even those that are not that interested in computer engineering and its related topics will discover that there is plenty to like about this series in its debut season. All three elements considered together, they show without a doubt that Halt and Catch Fire is one of the best dramas on television today especially as it leads now into its second season. Halt and Catch Fire: The Complete First Season is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct online both on DVD and Blu-ray via Anchor Bay Entertainment’s online store at http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/detail.aspx?projectID=6536a129-a4a1-e411-8748-d4ae527c3b65. More information on this and other titles from Anchor Bay Entertainment is available online now at:

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Anchor Bay Entertainment Announces Home Release Date For The Walking Dead Season Five

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Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz

The end is almost here for AMC’s hit horror serial The Walking Dead.

The fifth season of The Walking Dead just wrapped this past Sunday. And as fans count down to the sixth (and supposedly last) season of the hit drama, Anchor Bay Entertainment has wasted no time announcing the home release date for the series’ fifth season. Anchor Bay Entertainment announced today that The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season will be released in stores and online Tuesday, August 25th. It will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack.

Current details on pricing, bonus materials, specs, box art, and limited edition box sets are currently unavailable. They will be announced soon. All of that information will be available online along with all the latest updates on the series at:

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