Time Life’s Latest Hee Haw Collection Is Small But Packs Lots Of Laughs

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Courtesy: Time Life Entertainment/StarVista Entertainment

CBS’ classic variety series Hee Haw is one of the most surprising series in television’s modern history.  That is because of the length of its run.  It initially ran for two years on CBS from 1969 to 1971 before the network dropped the show, which was originally a replacement for another variety show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  Even after begin cut from CBS’ ranks as part of its “rural purge” the show still managed to stay on the air in a variety of fashions until 1993.  Even after it finally ended its run on television, it still has not stayed dead thanks to Time Life Entertainment.  When the networks relinquished the reins on the show Time Life picked them up and has kept the show alive for yet another generation thanks to its DVD box sets featuring the show’s episodes.  Time Life has been churning out those box sets for a number of years.  And next Tuesday it will release yet another collection of episodes in the form of The Hee Haw Collection: Kornfield Klassics.  The core element of this collection is its episodes.  Unlike so many Hee Haw collections before it, this collection features only enough episodes to fill a single disc.  More specifically it features just two episodes.  But they are still enjoyable in their own right.  That brings up the disc’s second most important element, the content of said episodes.  There’s plenty of country and bluegrass for fans of those genres.  There are also plenty of laughs to be had in the skits that serve as the episodes’ main body.  Last but not least of note in this latest collection of sorts is its collective production values and companion booklet.  These pieces of the disc’s presentation round out its most notable elements.  They play their own important part in the whole of Time Life Entertainment’s new Hee Haw presentation.  Together with the episodes and their overall content all three elements make The Hee Haw Collection: Kornfield Klassics a “collection” that any of the show’s fans should have in his or her own home DVD library.

Time Life Entertainment’s latest “collection” of classic Hee Haw episodes is one more that any of the show’s fans should have in his or her own home DVD library.  This is even with the single disc presentation boasting only two episodes.  Even with just two episodes, the episodes in question are still reason enough in itself for fans of the classic variety show to own this disc.  The episodes in question are both true classics.  They are both lifted from the series’ second season and feature plenty of great music and comedy.  Considering that the show was originally pulled from CBS’ lineup after its second season, this latest pairing becomes all the more important for fans.  It is a document of sorts of the show in its infancy; one that is quite rare nowadays.  That is even with so many other Hee Haw sets having been released over the past decade or so.  Of course the two episodes featured in this latest release are collectively just one important element in its overall presentation.  The actual content presented in each of the episodes is just as important as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that are featured in Time Life Entertainment’s new Hee Haw collection are in themselves an important part of its overall presentation.    They are only one important and notable element of its presentation.  The actual content within the featured episodes is just as important to the presentation of this disc as the episodes themselves.  What audiences get in these episodes is another sampling of what made (and continues to make) Hee Haw such an undervalued series.  Audiences get the classic doctor skit featuring the doc telling his patients not to do what hurts them, the fan favorite front porch skits with grandpa laying out telling jokes with Roy, and so many laugh riot outtakes that audiences themselves will be laughing tears of joy as they hold their sides on the floor.  This is just a miniscule example of what makes the episodes’ content so important to this release’s presentation.  There are also great performances from the likes of Roger Miller, Loretta Lynn, Peggy Little and lots more across both episodes.  Between the episodes’ great tunes, the laugh-a-minute skits and equally riotous outtakes included in the episodes, the whole of their presentation makes up for the fact that there are only two episodes featured in this collection.  Both episodes will keep audiences that well entertained. Keeping that in mind, both the episodes featured in this new Hee Haw presentation and their content prove hugely important to its overall presentation. They are not the disc’s only notable elements either. The episodes’ collective production values and the disc’s companion booklet are the last but hardly least important elements. The episodes’ production values—their audio and video mix—is so important to their presentation in that if there was any re-mastering done within these episodes it is nearly unnoticeable. That being the case, the look and sound of the episodes creates a wonderful, welcome sense of nostalgia for those that grew up watching this timeless series. And for those that are part of the new generation, the “rough” look of the show versus the spit-shined look and sound of today’s TV shows serve as a reminder of the life and soul of TV back in that era. The sound wasn’t rough per se. but at the same time, it’s clear that it didn’t have that “modern” sound either. Together with the original footage both elements together give a viewing experience that is in itself more than enough reason to see both episodes. On a related note, the companion booklet that comes with The Hee Haw Collection: Kornfield Klassics is just as important to its presentation as its collective production values. While there’s no specifics about the episodes’ air dates, audiences do at least get a guide in regards to the episodes’ makeup. More specifically it focuses on the musical performances contained within each episode. Audiences can choose between those performances when they choose the “index” option in the DVD’s main menu. Between the two elements, viewers can pick out from either show with ease which performance(s) they want to see. It would have been nice to choose the skits, too. But in Time Life’s defense, the skits move so fast that separating them out would not have made any real sense in hindsight. To that extent, the companion booklet included with this disc still plays its own important part in the overall presentation of the DVD. Together with the welcome, wonderful nostalgic feel that the footage brings in its production values, the two elements together give one more reason that audiences will want to experience these classic Hee Haw episodes. The same can be said just as easily when setting those elements against the DVD’s episodes and their nonstop, laugh-inciting content. All things considered The Hee Haw Collection: Kornfield Klassics is one more presentation that any Hee Haw fan will want to add to his or her own DVD library.

Time Life Entertainment’s latest Hee Haw presentation is yet another piece that any fan of the classic variety series should have in his or her own DVD library. This is evident through the classic episodes featured on the disc and their hilarious content. The wonderful and welcome feeling of nostalgia that is created in audiences in watching these episodes through their production values adds even more enjoyment to the disc’s viewing experience. The companion booklet that is included with the DVD even plays its own important role, making the process of choosing one classic performance or another all the easier for audiences. Each element plays its own important part in the whole of the DVD. Altogether they make The Hee Haw Collection: Kornfield Classics another must have for anyone that grew up with the classic variety series just as much as for the show’s new generation of audiences. It will be available next Tuesday, February 9th and can be ordered online via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Hee-Haw-Kornfield-Klassics-DVD/dp/B018DSA8ZW/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1454689274&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=The+Hee+haw+Collection+Kornfield+Klassics. More information on this and other titles from Time Life Entertainment is available online now at:

 

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PBS To Release New Ken Burns Documentary This Spring

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

This spring PBS and PBS Distribution will release a brand new documentary from acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns.

PBS and PBS Distribution will release Ken Burns’ new documentary Jackie Robinson this spring. The four-hour documentary will be released on April 15th. The timing of the double-disc set, which will be presented both on DVD and Blu-ray, is wholly intentional as it will coincide with Jackie Robinson Day. It follows the life and career of the famed baseball star and the impact that he had both on the diamond and off. That impact is highlighted through discussions from the likes of famed newsman Tom Brokaw, singers Carly Simon and Harry Belafonte, and even President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama among others.

Jackie Robinson is not the first time that Burns has delved in to the baseball world having helmed his documentary Baseball in 1994. In discussing the film Burns explained that the film came from a desire to focus more closely on Robinson after having helmed that docu-series. “Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game,” he said. “He gave us our first lasting progress in civil rights since the Civil War and, ever since I finished my BASEBALL series in 1994, I’ve been eager to make a stand-alone film about the life of this courageous American. There was so much more to say not only about Robinson’s barrier-breaking moment in 1947, but about how his upbringing shaped his intolerance for any form of discrimination and how after his baseball career, he spoke out tirelessly against racial injustice, even after his star had begun to dim.”  Audiences can hear Burns discuss his new film at more length in an interview on CBS’ Face The Nation via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUawlPAl5vA.

Jackie Robinson was co-directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon. It will be available on Tuesday, April 15th and will be released both on DVD and Blu-ray. The program’s double-disc DVD presentation will retail for MSRP of $24.99 and the double-disc Blu-ray presentation for $29.99. It will also be available in a number of combo packages, from which audiences can choose online and pre-order at http://www.shoppbs.org/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=ken%20burns%20jackie%20robinson&origkw=Ken+Burns%27+Jackie+Robinson&sr=1. More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

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Paramount Announces Upcoming Re-Issue Of Hogan’s Heroes: The Complete Series

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Courtesy: Paramount Studios Home Entertainment/CBS DVD

Paramount is reusrrecting one of CBS’ greatest sitcoms this spring.

Hogan’s Heroes: The Complete Series will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, March 8th. Its upcoming release marks the third time that it has been released and second time that it has been re-issued. It was originally released in an expansive six-box set on June 5th, 2007. Another release of the series followed on November 24th, 2009 in the form of Hogan’s Heroes: The Komplete Series –Kommandant’s Kollection. That release was more ergonomic than its predecessor and offered few bonuses for audiences. This set, while being perhaps less ergonomic than the series’ 2009 box set, is still far more ergonomic than its 2007 release. It also offers new box art and its own share of bonus material. It will present the series’ 168 total episodes spread across 27 discs in one complete box. Pricing information will be announced as the set’s release nears.

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Time Life’s Latest Carol Burnett Show Box Set Is A Treasure In Itself

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Courtesy: Time Life Entertainment

Television today is not what it used to be. Between all of the drama, serials, and sex there really is not a lot worth watching anymore. That is not to say that there is nothing worth watching. But television’s true worthwhile commercial offerings are, at least in the eyes of this critic, few and far between. It goes without saying that in terms of current offerings on television, PBS is the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming. While it is the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television, there are other options available on DVD and Blu-ray thanks to the likes of Shout! Factory and Time Life Entertainment. Both companies have proven in the past ten years or so to be the leading names in the home entertainment market in terms of truly worthwhile television offerings. And next month Time Life Entertainment will show why it holds its title once again when it releases its latest collection of classic Carol Burnett Show episodes The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes – Treasures From The Vault. The six-disc set is a continuation of Time Life Entertainment’s previous Carol Burnett Show box set, The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes. That set was released this past September. Just as with that box set, the episodes collected for this set lie at the heart of its presentation. The collective work of the show’s writers and cast is another important element in its presentation. The set’s companion booklet rounds out its most important elements. Each element plays its own important part in the whole of Time Life Entertainment’s new Carol Burnett Show box set. Altogether, they make The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes – Treasures From The Vault one more treasure for fans of the classic variety show and of classic TV in general.

Time Life Entertainment’s latest collection of episodes from The Carol Burnett Show is one more treasure for fans of the classic variety show and for classic TV fans in general. This is especially true in an age when commercial networks’ offerings are largely anything but being worth the watch. The main element that makes it such a wonderful treasure is its episodes. As with Time Life’s previous Lost Episodes collection from The Carol Burnett Show this collection lifts its fifteen total episodes from the series’ first five seasons. This is important to note because none of the episodes from the show’s first five seasons had ever been released in any of Time Life’s previous Carol Burnett Show box sets up until the release of this box set and its predecessor. Considering that the series’ first five seasons’ episode count totals 134 episodes, and only 30 of those episodes will have seen the light of day upon this box set’s release, that still leaves 104 episodes to be released. That means that this latest installment will hardly be the last collection to feature episodes from the series’ first five seasons. Since it looks like Time Life won’t be releasing the series in its complete season sets or even full series run anytime soon, this is a very good thing for fans. It means that the laughs and guffaws will keep coming for some time to come. And that’s just the beginning of this box set’s positives. The work of the show’s writers and cast together makes for plenty of entertainment for audiences.

The episodes featured in Time Life Entertainment’s latest Carol Burnett Show collection are important in their own right to the set’s overall presentation. That is because they are just one more collection of previously unreleased episodes from the series’ first five episodes. Collectively speaking they are hardly the last episodes from The Carol Burnett Show’s early years to be released. Considering the total number of episodes that made up the show’s first five seasons, there are plenty more to come. It would have been nice to have these episodes in full standalone season sets. But beggars can’t be choosers. Now considering this, they are collectively just one part of what makes this collection its own treasure. Throughout the course of this collection’s featured episodes, the writers and cast work together to give audiences loads of laughs. One episode that clearly exhibits this comes late in the set’s run in the form of “Cheek to Cheek.” This skit, included in Disc Twelve (Yes, twelve. That will be discussed later) pokes fun at the dance numbers that filled so many classic movies from the 1930s and 40s. It compares those classic scenes (and numbers) to what a real life scenario would look like if everybody suddenly broke out in song and dance. The very concept was, for its time, original to say the least. And the very thought is in itself pretty funny. Watching Harvey suddenly breaking out in song and dance, taking Carol and having her dance around in the “restaurant” adds to that hilarity. Harvey’s almost Woody Allen style character is a laugh riot with his New York accent and glasses. It is something that audiences simply must see in order to appreciate. On another note “The Secretaries” offers just as much entertainment. Carol stars opposite Harvey Korman as Ms. Farnum, Mr. Bradley’s secretary. Ms. Farnum has to choose her temporary replacement so that she can go on vacation. She ends up coming face to face with some candidates that definitely outshine her with hilarious results. The ultimate outcome won’t be revealed here. But it will leave audiences in stitches, needless to say. As if that isn’t enough, “The Wonderful World of Hospitals” offers its own share of entertainment. Guest star Jonathan Winters stars opposite Harvey Korman in this sketch. Winters is hilarious as the doctor being interviewed here. His character is one part Jonathan Winters and one part Groucho Marx. It’s something that must be seen to be believed and appreciated. At one point he laughs at one of his jokes and ever so subtly uses his stethoscope to check his own heart rate after the fact. The subtlety of that movement is so funny. Again, it’s one of those moments that is so absurd that one can’t help but laugh at it. The very concept behind the skit makes the writers well deserving of their applause once again here. The same applies to Korman for his ability to maintain a certain seriousness throughout the sketch even with Winters’ laugh riot performance. It’s just one more way in which the combined efforts of the series’ writers and cast make this latest collection of episodes a true treasure. There are plenty of other moments that could be cited as examples, too. Ken Berry’s footwork as he dances to “Mr. Bojangles” is another example that could be cited in this argument. As Carol and her castmates pay tribute to Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes, audiences will find themselves laughing just as much. And Carol’s set closing performance as the famed Charwoman is perhaps the highest of the set highest moments. The moment in question sees the Charwoman closing down the set of The Carol Burnett Show at the end of a season. She imagines that she is in each of the sketches that were churned out in the season in question. It is a truly memorable and moving moment that is certain to leave at least some audiences shedding tears of joy thanks to its beauty and gentility. Whether for that moment, those directly noted here or even those not directly noted, it can be said of the cast and writers’ work here that both play integral parts in the overall presentation of Time Life Entertainment’s new Carol Burnett Show box set. Together with the episodes themselves, both elements combine to give audiences even more reason to purchase this box set. Even with their importance they are still not all that should be noted of the collection. The set’s companion booklet rounds out its presentation.

The episodes that are featured in Time Life Entertainment’s new Carol Burnett Show box set and the work put into each episode by the show’s writers and cast go a long way towards making the collection in whole enjoyable. as important as both elements are to the set’s presentation they are not the set’s only notable elements. The companion booklet that comes with the box set is just as important to the set as the previously noted elements. That is because it continues a tradition established by Time Life in the company’s previous Carol Burnett Show presentations. The tradition in question is making the booklet not just a booklet but a part of the set’s overall experience. It features a full episode guide that is specific to each of the set’s discs. Audiences will note of the listed discs that rather than simply labeling them as Disc 1 – 6, Time Life has instead labeled them as Disc 7 – 12. This is important to note because it tells audiences that Time Life didn’t just throw together a bunch of episodes and random discs. Instead it proves to audiences that the set is a direct connection to Time Life’s previous Lost Episodes collection. Time Life is to be applauded quite soundly for that. What’s more there are even little tidbits about different episodes throughout the guide that come from Carol herself and in general. All of this taken into consideration, it shows clearly why the companion booklet that comes with The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes — Treasures From The Vault is just as important to the set in whole as the set’s featured episodes and the content of each episode. It works together with those elements to show once and for all, without a doubt, that this set is indeed a treasure of its own both for Carol Burnett Show fans and for classic TV lovers in general.

The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes — Treasures From The Vault is a treasure of its own both for fans of The Carol Burnett Show and for classic television lovers in general. It shows this mainly through its collected episodes. The episodes are another sampling of previously unreleased episodes from the series’ first five seasons. The work put into each episode by the series’ writers and cast make each episode a laugh riot for any viewer. The companion booklet included in the six-disc sets completes audiences viewing experience as it not only offers a complete disc-by-disc episode guide but also bonus background information on specific episodes. Audiences even get to choose from the episodes within each disc, making the overall viewing experience all the more enjoyable. Each element plays its own important part in the overall presentation of The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes — Treasures From The Vault. Altogether they show clearly why the collection is a treasure in and of itself both for fans of The Carol Burnett Show and for classic TV fans in general. It will be available on Tuesday, February 9th and can be ordered online via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Carol-Burnett-Show-Treasures-Vault/dp/B018DQV44I/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1453840504&sr=1-1&keywords=the+carol+burnett+show+treasures+from+the+vault. More information on this and other titles from Time Life Entertainment is available online now at:

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The Nanny’s Fifth Season Is Another “Fine” Installment Of CBS’ Classic Sitcom

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory

CBS’ hit sitcom The Nanny was one of the network’s biggest in its initial run from 1993 to 1999. Over the course of its nearly six years on television, the updated take on ABC’s Who’s The Boss? earned the network high praise along with its cast and writers. And thanks to the people at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Shout! Factory, fans of the classic series have been able to relive all the series great moments once again. That is because beginning with its full series DVD release early last year, Shout! Factory has been giving the series proper DVD releases for the most part. Unluckily Shout! Factory was unable to obtain distribution rights for the series’ first three seasons despite being able to release the series in whole in one complete box set. That means its standalone season sets kicked off with Season Four. That set was released last September. It was followed up just last month with the release of Season Five. And Season Six is currently slated for release on Tuesday, March 15th. Since it has yet to be released the focus for now will remain on the series’ recently released fifth season. There is plenty for audiences to appreciate about The Nanny’s fifth season beginning with its most obvious element, its writing. This includes not just the stories that were crafted for Season Five, but also the humor incorporated into each episode and of course the writers’ ability to balance the serial element of Max and Fran’s impending nuptials with the series’ standalone elements. Just as important to the overall presentation of Season Five is the work of the show’s cast. Once again, Drescher and company deliver more than their fair share of laughs throughout each episode. Last but hardly least of note in this the penultimate season of The Nanny is the overall look and sound of the show’s footage. Once again, the show has been presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio. And it looks and sounds just as clean as it did in its original run so many years ago. The end result is twenty-three more episodes that will keep audiences watching thanks to that quality presentation and entertained thanks to the combined efforts of the show’s writers and cast. Altogether all three elements noted here show the fifth season of The Nanny to be another *ahem* “fine” installment of The Nanny.

The fifth season of The Nanny very easily could have been the end for this hit CBS sitcom. Why the network opted to try and keep things going after Max and Fran finally tied the knot at the season’s end is anyone’s guess. It’s probably the same reason that the network unwisely jumped the gun last year and re-upped The Big Bang Theory without thinking things through first. Regardless of the network’s motive for its movie, it can be said that the penultimate season of The Nanny is just as enjoyable for audiences today as it was in its original run. Considering so much of what is out there today, it could even be argued that the show, in its fifth season, was and is better than most comedy offerings out there today. It proves this first and foremost through the work of the show’s writers. The writers finally have Max and Fran tie the knot. And while that story line is obviously at the center of this season’s episodes, the writers never allow it to overshadow any of the standalone episodes that are also included throughout the season’s twenty-three episode run. “The Ex-Niles” is a good example of that balance. In the case of this episode, the writers have actually balanced both elements quite well with Niles’ very short departure from the Scheffield home taking most of the episode’s time. Audiences will find themselves laughing tears of joy as Niles ends up “working” for one of Fran’s relatives. Of course, the term “works” is used loosely as he becomes anything but a butler in said scenario, which leads to his return to the Scheffields’ home. That hilarious story line set against Fran and C.C.’s ongoing fight for Max’s affections makes for a great standalone episode that also doesn’t forget about the season’s main underlying plot line. “The Engagement” is another example of how the balance of the writing alongside the stories themselves makes this season so enjoyable for audiences. This episode focuses solely on Max and Fran’s relationship. And in comparison to so many other engagement story lines (both on the big screen and small screen) the writers have gone almost completely opposite of what so many other writers had done before in regards to the engagement. At the same time, the scenes leading up to the engagement offer their own share of laughs. And especially the show’s female audiences will find said scenes funny because of just how much truth there is to those scenes, which will not be revealed here. “Fransom” is yet another example of how the writers’ work and their balance makes this season as enjoyable as it proves to be. Instead of focusing on Fran’s relationship with Max, the writers opt this time to focus on Yetta. Fran hosts Yetta’s wedding shower here and decides to take a break by offering to walk C.C.’s dog Chester. Of course hilarity thy name is Fran. Fran ends up having to rescue Chester and bring him back. There’s just one problem. Fran ends up getting herself kidnapped in the process, leaving Maxwell to have to save the day. Even though the whole thing starts with a wedding shower, the writers still don’t let the wedding talk overpower the rest of the episode’s comic elements. This leads this episode to have its own share of enjoyment and to show once again the writers’ ability to solidly balance both the show’s serial elements with its standalone elements. Of course that ability to entertain audiences and balance the show’s separate elements is just one part of what makes the show’s writing so important to its enjoyment. The humor that is incorporated into each episode is just as important as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that were crafted for The Nanny: Season Five are in themselves clear examples of what makes the writing behind the show so important to its overall viewing experience. The ability of the writers to so expertly balance the show’s serial and standalone episodes from beginning to end is just as important in the overall picture of the show’s writing. While both are key elements to the writing they are just part of what makes the writing so important. The humor that is injected into each episode is equally important to each episode as the stories and their balance. “The Pre-Nup” is a prime example of the importance of the humor injected into the show’s writing. In her effort to get in to see Brighton after he accidentally skates into a brick wall, she convinces a nun to let her borrow her attire so as to slip in to Brighton’s room. This all happens because Fran is not immediate family, so the front desk nurse at the hospital won’t let her go in to see Brighton. The jokes that come after are just as great. Fran jokes about having missed her calling in life because nuns devote their lives to celibacy and not getting married. This ties back in to the episode’s main story line, which centers on Fran having to sign a pre-nup ahead of the wedding. What’s more, Drescher’s character being Jewish, this moment becomes even funnier. The plot will be left to viewers since it isn’t necessarily the center of interest here. But suffice it to say that it is entertaining in its own right. “The Ex-Niles” is another example of why the humor injected into The Nanny remains so important in the show’s fifth season. The whole episode develops after Niles discovers what Fran makes per month while doing some cleaning. This is so funny because of its reality in relation to people knowing one another’s salaries. At the same time, it also plays on Niles’ all too familiar snooping nature. It’s one more way that Niles causes and gets into trouble because of his snooping. In turn it makes for its own share of laughs, too. “The Engagement” was noted earlier because of its original story and for one of the comic elements that was inserted into the story line. That comic element sees Fran discovering (courtesy of Niles and his gossipy nature) about Maxwell’s plan to propose to her. She ends up telling one person about it on the phone, and then it just spreads like wildfire from there. This is so funny because there is so much truth to it. Women will especially appreciate this joke because of that truth. It doesn’t take much for rumors and gossip to spread in such situations. The very concept of having the multi-window presentation of everybody talking about the impending engagement adds even more to the moment. This is a classic setup. And it works just as well here as in any of its other uses in other TV shows and movies. Together with the other noted comic elements written into the episodes (and those not noted), every joke that is written into the show throughout this season adds plenty of great moments that will leave audiences laughing/ In laughing so much said audiences will agree that the humor within each episode is just as important to the show in its fifth season as the stories that make up the season’s twenty-three episode run.

The writing that went into the fifth season of The Nanny paid off in spades. That goes without saying. Everything noted here shows that with full clarity. As important as the writing proves to be to the whole of Season Five, the work of the show’s cast in interpreting each episode’s script can’t be denied. From the season premiere, which sets the season’s events into motion right to the big two-part season finale, the cast’s work is spot on. Daniel Davis’ work is the most notable yet again. His comic timing is perfect regardless of the scene. He shows his ability to adapt to every situation expertly. That is just as evident when he and Lauren Lane are throwing witty one-liners at each other as it is when he and Drescher playfully bounce bits off of each other. The same applies when he and Charles Shaughnessy are on camera together. Each pairing presents a different brand of comedy and in turn comic timing. He handles every one of those moments perfectly, leading to plenty of laughs. Of course there is also no denying Drescher’s comic talents. She is just as capable when teamed up with her cast mates as Davis and the rest of the cast. And just as with Davis, each situation allows her to show her ability to adapt to each situation. Shaughnessy’s straight man portrayal adds even more to the cast’s collective entertainment. He does a great job making audiences want to knock some sense into him at times—not violently, but rather with that sort of slapstick pop to the back of the head. The combination of the trio’s talents together makes for plenty of laughs in each episode. And in the grand scheme of things, it makes for even more reason that audiences will love this season just as much as The Nanny’s first four seasons.

The writing and acting behind the fifth season of The Nanny gives audiences plenty of laughs from one episode to the next. From pop culture references to cultural jokes and more the writers show themselves to be at the top of their game throughout this season. That is shown just as much as the writers were able to expertly balance the show’s serial elements with its standalone elements. The chemistry of the show’s cast throughout this season makes for even more enjoyment for audiences. While both elements are equally important in their own right to the whole of The Nanny’s fifth season, there is still one more element to examine in this season’s presentation. That element is the show’s overall presentation. It is presented here in its original 4:3 presentation just as in the previous seasons’ DVD releases. The look of the footage is surprisingly impressive whether played back on a DVD player or Blu-ray player. Though there’s no denying that up-converted on a Blu-ray player it looks especially impressive. The sound is just as impressive between the intro and outro music and the mic levels. Even when the writers take the show outside of the Scheffields’ house such as in “The Dinner Party” (which sees Fran and Maxwell shopping for a new engagement ring), the natural sound is quite well balanced with Shaughnessy and Drescher’s mics. The same applies as Fran goes to the hospital to find Brighton after his accident and in other moments. Regardless of the situation, the audio and video are handled just as expertly as the writing and acting. Both are just as impressive in this season’s DVD set as they were in the show’s original run. The end result of that attention to detail is twenty-three episodes that will keep audiences engaged just as much for their quality production values as for their entertaining writing and acting. All things considered here, The Nanny: Season Five shows in the end to be one more “fine” addition to the collection of any of the show’s fans.

The fifth season of The Nanny is not the last season of CBS’ hit sitcom. It easily could have been and probably should have been for that matter. That is not to discount the show’s sixth season by any means. But in looking at everything that went into this season—from its writing to its acting, and even to its production values—Season Five would have been a fitting finale for The Nanny. It is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct via Shout! Factory’s online store now at https://www.shoutfactory.com/tv/comedy/the-nanny-season-five. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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Shout! Factory Shines Again In Phil’s Picks’ 2015 Top New DVD/BD Re-Issues List

Every year, dozens of albums get the re-issue treatment courtesy of record labels (and sometimes bands) that are either trying to fulfill contractual obligations or just trying to make a quick buck off of consumers gullible enough to blindly pick up copies of said albums. Sadly most of those albums are anything but worth the price. Though, there are some diamonds in the rough. The same applies in the realm of DVD and Blu-ray re-issues. Every year just as many DVDs and Blu-rays hit store shelves all over again. And just as with the noted albums, most are not worth the price. On the other hand there are some that surprise and show to actually be worth the purchase. This year is no different. Warner Home Video re-issued the classic Peanuts TV specials Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don’t Come Back) and Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown. Both are good specials. But considering the overall lack of bonus material (save for a bonus documentary included in the prior) neither are outstanding. Though, for real Peanuts fans that might not already own either one, they are both at least somewhat worth the purchase if not entirely. On the other end of the spectrum, Timeless Media Group (which is part of the Shout! Factory corporate family) re-issued Gerry Anderson’s classic Supermarionation series Thunderbirds both on DVD and Blu-ray. In comparison to the series’ previous release on DVD back in 2008, this one shines both in terms of its packaging and overall presentation. So it is definitely a great new re-issue. The same applies to CBS DVD’s re-issue of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.: The Complete Series and MPI’s re-issue of My Favorite Martian: The Complete Series. These are just some of the re-issues that made the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New DVD/BD Re-Issues. They explain how this critic went about deciding on this list. Packaging was taken into effect along with pricing, bonus material, and the presentations’ production values. Also on this year’s list is Shout! Factory’s re-issue of The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, 20th Century Fox’s new BD re-issue of Garfield: The Movie, and Cohen Media Group’s re-issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s little known thriller Jamaica Inn among others. These titles and others are all on this year’s list of the year’s top new DVD and Blu-ray re-issues. As always the Top 10 titles make up the main body of the list while the bottom five were all worth mentioning for at least one reason. They each received honorable mention. So without any further ado I offer for your consideration dear readers the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New DVD and Blu-ray Re-Issues.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 TOP 10 NEW DVD/BD RE-ISSUES

  1. THUNDERBIRDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES 

    2. GARFIELD: THE MOVIE

    3. JAMAICA INN

    4. STAR TREK THE ORIGINAL SERIES: THE COMPLETE SERIES

    5. MY FAVORITE MARTIAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES

    6. GOMER PYLE, U.S.M.C.: THE COMPLETE SERIES

    7. I LOVE LUCK: THE ULTIMATE SEASON TWO

    8. THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE

    9. THE LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER

    10. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

    11. I LOVE LUCY: THE COMPLETE SERIES

    12. ROBOT JOX

    13. ALADDIN

    14. BON VOYAGE, CHARLIE BROWN (AND DON’T COME BACK)

    15. RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN

 

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The Nanny Returns Again Next Month

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Nanny Fine, that blushing girl from Flushing, returns once again next month.

Shout! Factory will release the fifth season of CBS’ modern classic sitcom The Nanny next month. It will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, December 22nd. This penultimate season of The Nanny has lots of laughs and more in store for audiences. In the season premiere, comedianne Roseanne Barr makes a guest appearance as Fran’s cousin Sheila. Sheila makes an appearance as part of an ongoing story arc carried over from Season Four. Later as Season Five progresses, Niles ends up working temporarily for Fran’s aunt after Maxwell denies Niles’ request for a raise. Needless to say the Odd Couple style situation leads to its own share of laughs. And even more interesting this season is that things between Fran and Maxwell change quite a bit leading to the moment that everyone had anticipated since the series’ premiere four seasons prior. That and much more is all in the fifth season of The Nanny: Season Five.

The Nanny: Season Five will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, December 22nd. It will retail for MSRP of $34.99. It can be pre-ordered online now at a discounted price of $29.99 via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/tv/comedy/the-nanny-season-five. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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