Fitz And The Tantrums Performing Live Overnight Tonight On TV

Courtsey: New Elektra

Courtsey: New Elektra

Fitz and the Tantrums will be live on TV overnight tonight.

The group will perform live on The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS. It is set to perform its megahit ‘Handclap’ from its self-titled 2016 album. The song was the album’s lead single.

The performance is a continuation of the group’s 2016 “Come Get Your Love Fall Tour.”  The next date on the group’s tour is a performance at the Pot Of Gold Music Festival in Chandler, AZ on March 18.

The Late Late Show with James Corden airs at 12:37 a.m. ET/11:37 CT.

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CMG’s ‘Lured’ Re-Issue Leads Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New DVD/BD Re-Issues List

Courtesy: Cohen Media Group

Courtesy: Cohen Media Group

It’s hard to believe but there are now only two weeks left in the year.  There’s still so much ground to cover before the year ends, too in terms of year-ender lists. This morning we move on again, staying still in the DVD and BD category, though.  On tap today we have the list of the year’s top new DVD/BD Re-Issues.

Included in this list are box sets and standalone DVDs/BDs.  So it’s a mix.  But it’s a solid mix.  Topping this year’s list of top new re-issues is Cohen Media Group’s re-issue of the 1947 thriller Lured.  The movie was one of star Lucille Ball’s very rare non-comedic roles, and she shines brightly in this movie.  The bonus commentary included in the movie adds even more to its viewing experience.

Speaking of bonus material, this critic took into account the re-issues’ bonus material as well as their packaging in assembling this list. It wasn’t easy.  But it is what this critic feels is a solid list nonetheless.  As a reminder, the list includes not only the Top 10 New DVD/BD re-issues but five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  That being said, here for you is Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New DVD/BD Re-Issues.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW DVD/BD RE-ISSUES

 

  1. Lured

 

  1. Sudden Fear

 

  1. Return of the Killer Tomatoes

 

  1. Charlie Brown’s All-Stars

 

  1. A Boy Named Charlie Brown

 

  1. Peanuts: Snoopy Come Home

 

  1. A Scandal in Paris

 

  1. The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series

 

  1. Transformers: The Movie

 

  1. Bump in the Night

 

  1. Kingdom of Zydeco

 

  1. Hogan’s Heroes: The Complete Series

 

  1. The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Series

 

  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

 

  1. Beauty and the Beast

 

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‘Twilight Zone: TCS’ Re-Issue Is A Good Holiday Gift For Series’ Fans

Courtesy: CBS Blu-ray/Paramount

Courtesy: CBS Blu-ray/Paramount

The Twilight Zone is one of the most revered television series of the 20th century. The sci-fi series has inspired TV writers across the board ever since it first aired almost 60 years ago. It has enjoyed its own continued life both on television and on various home video platforms in that time, too.  That continued life on home video includes a new pair of re-issues this fall.  The series’ was re-issued on DVD early this past October.  That re-issue was followed up by a Blu-ray re-issue of the series last week.  The series’ latest Blu-ray re-issue is a welcome addition to the home library of any of the show’s fans who might not already own any of the series’ previous releases.  That is due in part to the presentation of the episodes themselves.  While the episodes’ presentation is key to the set’s overall presentation, it is just one of the set’s key elements.  The set’s episode listing is just as important to note as the episodes themselves.  The bonus material presented in this collection rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is clearly important in its own right to the collection’s presentation.  All things considered The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series proves to be a re-issue that any of the series’ fans will welcome to their home DVD/BD libraries.  That is especially the case for fans who might not already own any of the series’ previous releases.

CBS Blu-ray’s brand new Blu-ray re-issue of The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series is a set that the show’s fans will openly welcome in their own home libraries.  That applies primarily to those fans who might not already own any of the show’s previous full-series incarnations.  That is due in part to the episodes’ presentation.  The episodes are presented here exactly as they were presented in their original broadcast on CBS so many decades ago complete with commercial breaks and original 1.33:1 aspect ratio.  In other words, it looks exactly as it did in its original broadcast.  The black bars are there on either side.  Of course, what with modern technological advances, audiences can handle that by setting their TVs to “cinema” mode (or whatever related mode each different brand might use) if they want a full-screen viewing experience.  The commercial breaks are perfectly clean both going to and coming back, too.  This could be chalked up to the fact that the episodes were taken directly from the transfers presented in Image Entertainment’s (now RLJ Entertainment) Blu-ray series presentation.  That set was released in 2010 along with the series’ separate standalone season sets.  Speaking of those releases, each disc even opens with the Image Entertainment slate, letting audiences know this collection was a direct transfer from that collection.  This plays directly into the bonus material included in this collection and will be discussed later.  Getting back on topic, the episodes’ presentation in this collection proves in the end to be key in its own right to the collection’s overall presentation.  It is just one shining piece of the set’s overall presentation.  The set’s episode listing is just as important to note as the episodes’ presentation to the set’s overall presentation.

The presentation of The Twilight Zone’s episodes in this latest re-issue is a key piece of the set’s overall presentation.  That is because the episodes are presented here just as they were in their original broadcast on CBS nearly six decades ago.  The commercial breaks are there and are perfectly edited both going and coming.  Each episode is also presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio.  In other words, nothing has been lost in this latest transfer from Image Entertainment’s previous Blu-ray re-issue of the classic series.  While the episodes’ presentation are key to this set’s overall presentation, they are only part of what makes this latest re-issue stand out.  The episode listing is just as important to note as the episodes themselves.  Audiences will note that each season’s episodes are listed clearly and chronologically not just once but twice.  Each season is listed separate from the others inside the box’s front cover with the episodes in the exact order in which they originally aired.  This instantly eliminates confusion for audiences.  Even more impressive is that the episodes are linked with their respective discs, too.  As if that isn’t enough, the people at CBS Blu-ray and Paramount even went so far as to include episode listings on each disc, too.  This completely eliminates any guessing when audiences are looking for specific episodes.  That makes the set’s overall presentation and viewing experience all the more enjoyable and entertaining.  It isn’t the last important element to note in examining the set’s overall presentation.  The set’s bonus material rounds out its most important elements.

The presentation of the episodes in CBS Blu-ray and Paramount’s new Blu-ray re-issue of The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series and their listing are both key pieces of the set’s overall presentation.  They are not its only key elements.  The bonus material included in the set is just as important to note as the episodes’ presentation and their listing.  As noted earlier, the set presented here is the exact same set presented to audiences back in 2010 by Image Entertainment (now RLJ Entertainment) right down to the Image Entertainment slate that opens each disc.  What this means is that audiences not lucky enough to get that set will still get to see exactly what audiences with that set get/got to enjoy in terms of its bonus material.  Not every episode comes with bonus material.  But there is still plenty of bonus material to go around.  Audiences will enjoy taking in Burgess Meredith’s interview with Marc Scott Zicree in “Time Enough At Last” in which Meredith reveals he didn’t know series creator Rod Serling before acting in that episode.  He also revealed that he had a dislike for doing series that required constant appearances in that interview.  “Night of The Meek” offers its own enlightening audio commentary track in which viewers learn about star Art Carney’s reason for taking on his role.  Audiences will find just as entertaining the revelation that this episode was filmed at CBS’ studios in Los Angeles, so the snow had to be created for the episode since the episode was filmed on a sound stage and the very fact that it never snows in Los Angeles.  As if all of this isn’t enough, many of the episodes even offer audiences the option of experiencing the episode in a radio-drama format.  This and so much more makes the bonus material included in this latest Twilight Zone full series re-issue just as important to examine as the episodes’ presentation and their listing.  Not every episode comes with bonus material, and the bonus material isn’t listed inside the box, either.  That is a little problematic.  At the same time though, it makes the discovery process enjoyable in its own right.  To that end, the bonus material still proves to be important in its own right to this set’s presentation.  When it is set alongside the presentation of the set’s episodes and their listing, all three elements make this set’s overall presentation hugely enjoyable and in turn, make the set in whole a collection that will be welcome in the home collection of any of the show’s fans.  That applies primarily to those fans who might not already own the show in any of its previous full-series sets.

CBS Blu-ray and Paramount’s new Blu-ray presentation of The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series is a set that will be welcome in the library of any of the show’s fans.  That applies especially to fans who might not already own the show in its previous full-series releases.  That is due in no small part to the fact that the episodes are presented here exactly as they were in the show’s original run.  The commercial breaks are there and are edited expertly both going to and coming back.  The episodes are shown in their original 1.33:1 aspect ratio, adding a certain element of nostalgia to the viewing experience.  The episodes’ dual listing adds even more to the set’s presentation.  It completely eliminates any confusion in looking for specific episodes.  The bonus material included in this set is the same material included in Image Entertainment’s (now RLJ Entertainment) Blu-ray set released in 2010.  While not every episode comes with bonus material, there is still a large amount of material for audiences to enjoy.  It includes interviews and audio commentaries along with standalone radio drama presentations of specific episodes just to name a few items.  The bonus material isn’t listed inside the set’s box.  But that actually makes discovering the bonus material all the more enjoyable for audiences. Viewers need just select “Episodes” instead of “Play All Episodes” in order to discover each episode’s bonus material.

This new full-series re-issue of The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series boast plenty of positives even with one of those positives having a tiny negative that ultimately proves a positive, too.  Keeping that in mind, the set’s only other real negative is its packaging.  The packaging of the discs is touchy at best.  When trying to take out or replace discs, other discs might slip out, leading to an increased chance of discs being damaged via scratching.  This is an issue from which every one of CBS and Paramount’s recent series re-issues (I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, Hogan’s Heroes, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., Star Trek) has suffered.  It is a troubling matter.  But comparably speaking, it does make the packaging more ergonomic than so many of the show’s other full-series sets.  To that end, CBS and Paramount can be forgiven.  Hopefully it will be taken into consideration with any of the companies’ upcoming re-issues of other CBS series.  All things considered, The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series proves, again, to be a collection that fans of the timeless series will welcome in their own home libraries if they don’t own any of the series’ previous full-series sets.  It is available now in stores and online.

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The Carol Burnett Show’s Most Devoted Fans Will Appreciate The Series’ New VIP Set

Courtesy: Time Life Entertainment/StarVista Entertainment

Courtesy: Time Life Entertainment/StarVista Entertainment

Time Life Entertainment has in recent years become one of the leading names in home entertainment.  That is thanks to the release of series such as The Real Ghostbusters, and collections from other classic series such as The Dean martin Celebrity Roasts, Hee Haw, The Johnny Carson Show and one of CBS’ brightest gems, The Carol Burnett Show.  Over the course of the past couple of years the latter of that group has seen a number of DVD releases made available courtesy of Time Life Entertainment. Late this summer audiences saw what could very well be the pinnacle of those releases in the form of The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition.  This 22-disc collection is a set that the series’ most hardcore fans will appreciate.  That is due in large part to the material that is included within the set.  That will be discussed shortly.  The set’s packaging is just as noteworthy as the material contained therein.  That will be discussed later.  Last but hardly least of note in the set is its bonus material.  Each element proves to be important in its own right to the whole of The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition.  All things considered, this collection proves to be one of the year’s top new box sets for grown-up audiences.

Time Life Entertainment’s recently released Carol Burnett Show box set The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition is one of this year’s top new box sets for grown-up audiences.  That is due in part to the material that is contained within the collection.  Audiences will note that most prominent inside the box are three of the series’ previously released standalone Lost Episodes collections—Classic Carol, Treasures From The Vault, and The Lost Episodes.  The three sets contain a total of 3,163 minutes spread across 18 discs.  That is a little nearly 53 hours of entertainment for audiences, including not just the sets’ featured episodes but lots of bonus material, too.  The all-important episode guides included in the sets’ original releases are there, too.  As if the inclusion of those sets isn’t enough for audiences, Time Life Entertainment has also included two extra double-disc sets with the set, one of which features the previously released Carol + 2 box set.  That box set also included Once Upon A Mattress, which itself is also included in the new noted box inside this much bigger collection.  It also includes a feature on the origin of The Charwoman, two other featurettes (which this critic will let audiences discover for themselves) and a handful of extra interviews.  The second of the set’s bonus sets includes its own share of extra material.  That extra material includes even more interviews with celebrities who have shared the stage with Burnett and those who have been influenced by her work.  It also includes the second part of a roundtable talk with the show’s writers and even more outtakes for audiences to enjoy.  In the simplest terms possible, the material that is included inside The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition includes both previously released material and some new material all housed within one much larger set.  Being that it is all housed within one full set, it will save a certain amount of space for anyone who has already spent the money on the previously noted standalone sets.  Speaking of that space-saving, that is another reason that this recently released box set will impress fans of the classic variety series.

The material that is contained within The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition is in itself a key element to note in examining this recently released Carol Burnett Show box set.  It is not the only element to examine in studying the set’s overall presentation, though.  The set’s packaging is just as important to note as its material in examining its presentation.  The five boxes and 22 discs that make up the body of the box set are contained in a box that is very similar in style to that presented in The Carol Burnett Show: Ultimate Collection, which was released in 2014.  For those that might not be familiar with that packaging style, it is a medium-size rectangular box.  The only thing that separates the two boxes is that the box for the latest Carol Burnett Show collection is slightly smaller than that of The Carol Burnett Show: Ultimate Collection.  It—The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition—measures roughly 11” X 7.5” X 3”.  What this means is that the box really is not that big.  So it won’t take up a whole lot of space in a fan’s home regardless of where it is stored.  At the time, it isn’t that big, which is good in its own right, but it packs a big punch with all of the material that it houses.  That is because it will, again, allow audiences who purchased the Time Life’s previously released Lost Episodes collections to eliminate them and replace them with this much more extensive box set.  And the box set doesn’t take up that much room despite being a box set itself.  Keeping all of this in mind, The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition boasts plenty for fans to appreciate.  It still is not all that makes this box set stand out.  The bonus material that is included in the box set rounds out its most important elements.

The material contained within The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition and the set’s packaging are both key elements to note in examining the set’s presentation. As important as they are to the set’s presentation, they are not its only noteworthy elements.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important as those previously noted elements to the set’s presentation.  The bonus material comes in the form of a “Guest Book” presented a la Burnett’s own guest book, which she would have guests at the end of each episode of her hit show.  The guest book opens with an introduction by Burnett herself explaining why it has taken so many decades for any episodes from the series’ first five seasons to finally be available.  The story that she tells is both entertaining and insightful.  Along the way there are quotes from some of television’s biggest stars past and present across the entertainment world and even more tidbits of information about certain skits shown throughout the show’s run.

The stars who are quoted include Tony Benett, Queen Latifah, Jonathan Winters, Bernadette Peters, Lucille Ball and many others.  The information included in the guest book a hilarious interview between comedian Flip Wilson and one of Carol’s audience members, a revelation by Vicki Lawrence about watching Cher perform next door to The Carol Burnett Show’s studio, and notes from Alan Alda (M.A.S.H.) and Burnett about Tim Conway along with Carol Burnett Show writer Gail Parent.  This is hardly all of the information provided within the set’s bonus guest book.  There is so much more for audiences to enjoy when they order the set for themselves.  Between all of its information, the quotes from the stars and the very breadth of stars featured in the guest book, the set’s guest book proves to live up to its title of bonus material.  When it is partnered with the set’s packaging and presented material, all three elements join to show why The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition is such an enjoyable collection for the series’ most devoted fans.  All things considered, this recently released box set reveals itself to be one more of this year’s top new box sets for grown-up audiences.

The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition is one of this year’s top new box sets for grown-up audiences.  It is a collection that any of the series’ most devoted fans will appreciate.  That is due in part to the material that is presented within the set.  The packaging that houses that material is just as important to the set’s presentation as the material that makes up its body.  The bonus guest book that is included with the featured material rounds out the set’s most important elements.  When it is partnered with the previously noted elements, all three elements come together to make this collection, again, one of this year’s top new box sets for grown-up audiences. More information on this and other titles from Time Life Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Time Life’s Latest ‘Hee Haw’ Collection Is Loads More “Kornpone Komedy”

Courtesy: Time Life Entertainment/StarVista

Courtesy: Time Life Entertainment/StarVista

Time Life Entertainment is taking audiences on a trip back to Kornfield Kounty. That is thanks to is a new fourteen-disc collection of Hee Haw episodes titled Hee Haw: The Collector’s Edition.  This latest compilation is a welcome addition to any Hee Haw fan’s personal DVD library.  That is due in part to the episodes that have been culled for the collection.  That will be discussed shortly.  The production values presented within the episodes is another key element to note in examining the collection’s presentation.  They will be discussed later.  Last and hardly least of note in the set’s presentation is its packaging.  Each element plays its own important part in the set’s presentation.  Altogether they show completely why Hee Haw: The Collector’s Edition is such an enjoyable collection.

Time Life Entertainment’s recently released Hee Haw box set Hee Haw: The Collector’s Edition is hardly the first Hee Haw collection that the company has ever released.  That aside it is one of the most extensive of the show’s collections that Time Life has released in recent memory.  Keeping that in mind, the episodes that are presented in the collection make up the most important of the set’s elements.  All twenty-three episodes that are presented across the collection’s three box sets have already been released in their own respective box sets before.  That might not seem important on the surface.  But the fact of the matter is that even though they have been released, having at least these episodes in one place saves at least some space on fans’ DVD racks; especially fans who might not already own any of the show’s others collections, including the shows full series set.

On a related note, Amazon and Time Life are listing this collection’s pricing at an MSRP of $114.  That might seem rather expensive to some.  By comparison, the also recently released Hee Haw: Return To Kornfield Kounty boasts only nine episodes spread across sixteen discs and is being listed at $99.99.  So it boasts more discs, but far fewer episodes.  Hee Haw: The Collector’s Edition presents twenty-three episodes over fourteen discs.  And while the price might be higher than that of Hee Haw: Return to Kornfield Kounty, it is a price that is economical.  For more comparison, the six-disc Hee Haw Collection—which is part of the Hee Haw: The  Collector’s Edition—is retailing on Amazon and Time Life at MSRP of $119.  Again, keeping that in mind, it makes this fourteen-disc set’s pricing even more of a non-factor.  And the seven-disc collection that is another part of the collection is almost impossible to find by itself today.  All things considered, the collections that make up the body of Time Life’s new Hee Haw collection and its pricing work together to show in themselves a big reason that this collection is welcome in any Hee Haw fan’s home DVD library.  They are collectively just part of the reason that this latest set is so welcome is fan’s homes.  The production values presented in the collected episodes are just as important to note in the set’s presentation as the episodes themselves and the set’s related pricing.

The episodes that make up the body of Time Life’s new Hee Haw collection and its related pricing are key elements in their own right in examining the set’s presentation.  While the episodes presented here have each been previously released, having them in one collection, and at a price that is considerably economical compared to other recent Hee Haw collections, does plenty for the collection.  Of course they are only part of what makes Hee Haw: The Collector’s Edition stand out among Time Life’s many Hee Haw collections.  The production values presented in each episode are just as important to note here as the episodes and the set’s related pricing.  The episodes included in this collection boast the same grainy look that they boasted in their original broadcast so many years ago.  Some even have the static lines that were visible in the original VHS footage of the show.  The thing is that even with those imperfections being there, there is something about them that serves to make the episodes…well…perfect.  They serve the nostalgia of fans who remember watching the show all those years ago, regardless of how old they were when they originally saw said episodes.  In the same vein, the audio in each episode is just as impressive as the show’s video mix.  The cuts between segments are fast-paced, too, thus keeping audiences engaged and entertained throughout.  When that is taken into consideration with the episodes, it shows even more why this collection is so welcome in any Hee Haw fan’s home DVD library.  It is still not the last element to examine in the collection’s presentation.  The last element to examine in the collection’s presentation is the bonus material that is included in the set.

The episodes that were culled for Time Life’s recently released Hee Haw: The Collector’s Edition, the set’s pricing, and the production values presented throughout the set’s episodes are each important in their own right to the collection’s presentation.  While each element is undeniably important in its own right to the collection’s presentation, they are not its only important elements.  The set’s packaging is just as important to note in examining its presentation as the other noted elements.  All three of the previously released collections that make up the body of the collection are housed within one larger box that houses them.  The box is, in reality, not that big in itself.  It is just large enough to house each of the three boxes that make up the collection.  Considering this, one could easily argue that it saves at least some space on fans’ DVD racks.  Given, even if all three sets were placed next to each other without the containing box, it would take up the same amount of space as they would with the extra containing box.  But at least the sets that were chosen for the collection are not that big to begin with.  Keeping that in mind, it proves the overall packaging to still be its own positive to the set’s collection.  When it is set alongside the set’s featured episodes, the set’s pricing, and the episodes’ production values, the set’s presentation shows in whole to be one that any Hee Haw fan will appreciate.  In turn, this proves once again why Hee Haw: The Collector’s Edition is one more welcome addition to any Hee Haw fan’s home DVD library.

Hee Haw: The Collector’s Edition is yet another welcome addition to any Hee Haw fan’s home DVD library.  That is evident in the collection’s featured episodes, and by relation, its pricing.  The production values presented throughout each episode and the set’s packaging each play their own important part in the collection’s presentation, too.  All things considered, this recently released box set proves once more why it is another welcome addition to any Hee Haw fan’s home DVD library.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via Amazon.  More information on this and other titles from Time Life Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

 

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‘Maude: The Complete Fifth Season’ Is Yet Anoher Example Of Comedy Done Right

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Television today is a pale shadow of what it once was so many decades ago.  It used to be that even with only a few channels audiences had so many options.  That is because writers in television’s bygone eras were allowed to get away with so much more without fear of repercussions.  They weren’t afraid to take on touchy subjects.  And that is because people weren’t so driven by political correctness.  It’s too bad there are so few TV shows like that out there today.  Thankfully Shout! Factory has been offering audiences options in the past year or so with the release of the classic dramedy Maude both in a full series set and in its own separate standalone season sets.  This past June, Shout! Factory released the series’ penultimate season.  It goes without saying that the series is just as entertaining in its fifth season as in its first seasons if not perhaps more so.  That is due in large part to the work of the series’ writers.  That will be discussed shortly.  The work of the series’ cast is just as important to note in the series’ fifth season as that of the show’s writers.  This will be discussed later.  Last and hardly least of note in the fifth season of Maude is the series’ general presentation (its audio and video).  It plays its own important role in the overall presentation of Maude: The Complete Fifth Season.  Together with the work of the show’s writers and its cast, all three elements come together to show why Maude was, and still is today, one of the greatest series of one of television’s greatest eras.

Late this past June, Shout! Factory released the fifth complete season of the classic dramedy Maude.  The series’ penultimate season, it is more proof of why the series was, and still is today, one of the greatest series from one of television’s greatest eras.  This is thanks in no small part to the continued work of the show’s writers.  Audiences will note in watching Season Five’s twenty-four episodes that it boasts just as much heart and humor as it did throughout all four of its previous seasons.  What’s more many of the topics that are covered in each story—gender roles, homosexuality, fidelity (and infidelity) and even bromances (of all things)—are just as relevant today as they were in Season Five’s original run on CBS.  From Walter and Arthur learning to be comfortable in with simply hugging each other to Maude trying to be there for Walter when he faces one of his darkest moments to Maude having to face the very real issue of immigration and beyond, the writers expertly balance the series’ heart and humor from one episode to the next right up to its season finale in which Maude has to find a new housekeeper.  What is truly amazing to think about in considering the series’ writing in its fifth season is the fact that the writers managed once again to craft a whole season’s worth of new, original episodes all while taking on many of the issues that had been tackled time and again in the series’ first four seasons.  If for no reason other than that, the writing deserves its share of credit.  That and the ability of the writers to balance the series’ heart and humor throughout solidifies the importance of the series’ writing in its fifth season.  The work of the series’ writers is just one of the most notable of Season Five’s elements of course.  The work of the show’s cast in interpreting each episode’s script is just as important to note here as the work of the shows writers.

The work put in by Maude’s writers in the series’ fifth season is undeniably important to the series’ presentation.  That is because of the expert way in which they balanced the show’s heart and humor once again all while crafting twenty-four new episodes with topics that had already been tackled more than once in the series’ first four seasons.  While their work is clearly important in its own right to the presentation of the series’ fifth season, it is only one of the most important of the season’s elements.  The work of the show’s cast is just as important to note as that of its writers beginning with lead star Bea Arthur.  Arthur is spot on once again throughout Season Five.  Her comic timing both by herself and with her cast mates.  There are moments here and there in which she breaks down that fourth wall, and does so with such subtlety.  That subtlety makes for its own share of laughs because of how subtle she is in doing so.  In other moments such as when Maude finds Walter fighting for life in the three-part story arc “Walter’s Crisis” she is just as incredible to watch because of her ability to emote without becoming hammy.  In the case of Walter’s dream about Arthur she is just as entertaining thanks to her comic timing with co-star Bill Macy (The Jerk, The Holiday, Analyze This).  Macy is just as entertaining in his own right, too.  There is no denying that.  His reaction when Maude’s friends turn out to be swingers is classic in its own right.  When he and co-star Conrad Bain take on the topic of men being comfortable with something as simple as hugging one another (even when they’re straight) that comic timing is just as evident.  Macy’s portrayal of Walter’s emotional pain in “Walter’s Crisis” is just as incredible to take in.  Just as with [Bea] Arthur, it would have been so easy for him to chew the scenery so to speak in that story arc.  But he didn’t.  He hit the nail right on the head with his portrayal.  It is just one more example of the importance of the cast’s work in Maude’s fifth season and hardly the last.  One could note the work of both Rue McClanahan and Conrad Bain just as much here, too.  But that would take far more time and space than is available here.  Keeping that in mind, it should be clear why the work of the cast in Maude’s fifth season is just as important to its presentation as the work put in by the show’s writers.  It still is not the last notable element to examine in the presentation of Season Five.

The work put in both by Maude’s writers and the show’s cast is important to the presentation of its fifth season.  It works hand in hand to make quite clear why this season is just as enjoyable as the series’ first four seasons.  The work of said parties is collectively only part of what makes Maude’s fifth season so enjoyable.  The work put in by those charged with restoring the footage for Season Five’s home release is just as important to note as that of the show’s writers and cast.  Audiences that were not lucky enough to get their hands on the series’ full six-season box set will be glad to know that the production values presented in Season Five are just as impressive as those presented in the series’ first four seasons, too.  It is clear in watching Season Five that just as much time and effort went in to restoring the show’s footage (including its audio) as was put in to restore Seasons 1 – 4.  The footage is grainy, as it should be.  But it is also clear that it has been cleaned up to look just as it did in its original run.  This is important to note because sadly there are some companies out there who don’t even make that effort.  Rather, they just let the footage look terribly grainy and almost unwatchable.  That isn’t the case here.  In the same vein, the audio is perfectly in sync and sounds just as good.  The combination of both factors shows clearly why the production values presented in Maude’s fifth season is just as important to its presentation on DVD as is the season’s writing and the work of the show’s cast.  All things considered, audiences will agree that regardless of their familiarity with this classic standout series this season is yet another wonderful installment of a show that is one of the greatest sitcoms of the 20th century.

Maude is one of the greatest sitcoms of the 20th century, hands down.  Shout! Factory has proven that time and again thanks to the release of the series’ full six-season set some time ago and with the release of its first four seasons.  Now with the release of the show’s fifth season late this past June Shout! Factory has done just the same once again.  The series’ writing is once again a breath of fresh air in comparison to the writing presented in so many of today’s sitcoms.  Its stories are just as relevant today as they were in their original broadcasts.  The same can be said of the topics that each episode takes on.  Throughout it all, the writers once again balanced the heart and humor that made the series so enjoyable in its first four seasons, too.  The work of the cast in interpreting the scripts for Season Five does just as much to exhibit how entertaining Maude remained in its fifth season.  The work put in to restoring the show’s footage for Season Five’s home release is the final touch on this set.  Each element is important to note in its own right in examining the overall presentation of Maude: The Complete Fifth Season.  All things considered, this penultimate season of Maude is yet another clear example of why Maude was and still is today one of the greatest sitcoms of the 20th century.  Maude: The Complete Fifth Season is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/tv/comedy/maude-season-five.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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The O’Jays To Appear On ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ This Week

Courtesy: Merlis For Hire

Courtesy: Merlis For Hire

The O’Jays are going to be on television this week.

The group—Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, and Nolan Grant—will be on CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday night.  The trio will sit in with the show’s house band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human and will perform with the band  going to commercials and coming out of breaks.  The numbers expected to be featured in those segments will come from The O’Jays’ extensive catalogue.

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