PBS Distribution Releases New ‘Dinosaur Train’ DVD

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PBS Distribution released another new collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit series Dinosaur Train this week.

Dinosaur TrainDinosaurs Big & Small was released Tuesday on DVD.  The collection features 10 more episodes from the family favorite animated series.  One of the multitude of episodes — titled “How Many Horns” — features Buddy Pteranodon and his friend Tank Triceratops learning why different dinosaurs have a different number of horns.

“The Tiny-Saur Train” sends the Pteranodon kids off to prehistoric China in a search for the smallest dinosaur of all.

“We’re Not All Dinosaurs,” another of the DVD’s featured episodes, finds the Pteranodon kids meeting a new mammal friend named Adele Alphadon and her friend Cindy Cimolestes.  The discussions in this episode point out that not all Mesozoic creatures were dinosaurs.

Dinosaur TrainDinosaurs Big and Small is available now.  More information on Dinosaur Train is available online now along with lots of activities, printables, videos and more at:

 

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PBS Kids’ New ‘Ready Jet Go!’ DVD Is “Rocking” Fun For The Whole Family

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PBS Distribution will release another new collection of Ready Jet Go! Episodes next month on DVD.  The new collection, Chasing The Sun, is set for release April 9.  While audiences wait for the DVD’s release, they have another collection of episodes from the hit series in the form of Ready Jet Go!: Space Rocks.  Released this past January, the DVD features four episodes from the series’ first season that will both entertain and educate audiences of all ages.  Those episodes are themselves are just one of a group of reasons for any family to own this DVD.  The episodes’ secondary content plays its own critical role in the DVD’s presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  When the DVD’s primary and secondary content is coupled with the DVD’s average price point, the whole of the single-disc presentation makes the collection a (space) rocking – yes, that awful pun was intentional – collection that the whole family will enjoy.

PBS Distribution’s new Ready Jet Go! DVD, Space Rocks is a collection that space enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy.  That is due in part to the episodes featured in the DVD and their primary content.  All four of the episodes featured in this latest RJG compilation are lifted from the series’ debut season, and are presented in exactly the same chronological order in which they were originally aired on television.  This is good in itself in that it means nothing is left out as audiences watch.  Instead of jumping around from one point to another, audiences can feel as if they are watching it on television instead of on DVD.  It’s a minor aesthetic element, sure, but in the bigger picture, that element goes a long way toward the DVD’s presentation.

The actual primary content presented in the episodes is just as important to note of the episodes as their sequencing.  Audiences of all ages will enjoy the lessons about the changing forms of space rocks in “Asteroids, Meteors and Meteorites” and the lessons about the compositions of meteorites and comets in the episodes.  Older audiences will enjoy the lessons because, honestly, plenty of adults forget the specifics of the noted topics very easily.  So for adults, the lessons would be learned for the first time again while for younger viewers, the lessons will be just as fresh, learning them for the first time ever.  As if this is not enough, the lessons tie into one another from the first to the last.  First is the lesson about the different terms used to classify space rocks as they make their way toward and onto Earth.  From there, audiences learn how to determine an average Earth rock from a space rock in terms of its composition and characteristics.  Immediately after that episode, audiences are taught about the composition of comets, which themselves are space rocks.  From there, Jet and his friends create their own asteroid patrol, a smaller version of what NASA already does.  They are then introduced to what the said scientists do every single day.  Again, older audiences will enjoy learning facts that they likely forgot over the years while younger viewers will enjoy just as much, learning those same lessons for the first time.  It makes for an enjoyable time for the whole family.  That is more than enough reason for audiences to check out this DVD, but most definitely not the only reason.  The secondary lessons incorporated into the episodes add even more reason for audiences to view the DVD.

Audiences learn how to make their own homemade comet in the secondary lesson in “Comet Fever.”  “Mindy’s Meteorite Stand” uses the lesson of how to tell the difference in an Earth and space rock as its primary AND secondary lesson.  The use of the magnets plays into the traits that determine if a rock is from space or Earth.  This is the starting point for families and even teachers to do their own lesson about how to spot Earth rocks and space rocks.  “Asteroid Patrol” helps viewers of all ages learn where to look for asteroids in the sky and what to look for.  Simply put, the lessons presented in each episode are just as valuable as the primary content because they take the information presented in the primary lessons and use them to continue that learning first hand.  When the two lessons are coupled, they give audiences more than enough to appreciate.  Keeping that in mind, the DVD’s average price point proves to be money well-spent.

The average price point of Ready Jet Go!: Space Rocks is $5.17.  That price is obtained by averaging prices from PBS’ online store, from Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million.  The least expensive listing at the time of this review is at Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart at $4.79.  The most expensive listing is at Books-A-Million and PBS’ online store.  Whether one purchases the DVD at the low end or high, neither price is very high.  Purchasing the DVD will not break any family’s budget, and will be enjoyed plenty of times at that one-time price.  Considering all that the DVD offers, that makes the disc’s average price point quite affordable.  Keeping everything in mind here, the DVD in whole proves itself a positive addition to any family’s home DVD library.

PBS Distribution’s most recent Ready Jet Go! DVD, Space Rocks is another enjoyable new offering from Craig Bartlett’s (Hey Arnold!, Dinosaur Train) hit science-based educational series.  That is thanks in part to the episodes featured in the DVD and their primary content, which will entertain and educate audiences of all ages.  The secondary content serves as a solid starting point for educators and families alike to try their own related experiments and experiences.  The disc’s average price point is money well-spent, considering all that the primary and secondary has to offer audiences.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of Ready Jet Go!: Space Rocks.  All things considered, they make the DVD another out of this world hit for the whole family.  More information on Ready Jet Go!: Space Rocks is available online along with lots of games, activities and printables at:

 

 

 

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‘The Railway Children’ “Steams Ahead” Of The Competition In Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top 10 New Family DVDs/BDs List

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This critic, for those who might not know, is a parent and is married.  It makes finding time to go through everything needed difficult at times.  It also means trying to find ways to keep a child entertained quite often.  Keeping a child entertained includes finding DVDs and Blu-rays that will entertain and educate at the same time.

Thankfully, that part of doing this job is not too difficult, as companies, such as Public Media Distribution, Film Movement and Shout! Factory Kids have offered again this year, plenty of options.  Those options include, and are not limited to two new (and seemingly the last) Transformers Rescue Bots DVDs, two more fun-filled collections of episodes from Nature Cat and more new material from Wild Kratts and Dinosaur Train.

Of course that new material is just some of the fun new fare offered for families this year.  Film Movement’s release of The Railway Children live is a welcome new take on a stage presentation that also honors its literary source material, and Nickelodeon’s long-awaited Hey ArnoldThe Jungle Movie is a bit of a disappointment, but still worth at least one watch thanks to some major writing problems.

The top spot in this year’s Top 10 new Family DVDs/BDs list goes to the noted stage adaptation of The Railway Children.  This adaptation honors its source material while also presenting a one-of-its kind stage presentation that is unlike almost anything that American audiences have ever seen from stage plays.

The number two and three spots on this year’s list go to Public Media Distribution’s two new Nature Cat DVDs, Onward & Pondward and Winter Dance Party.  Each DVD’s episodes follow a specific theme while also teaching lessons that are directly linked with the themes.

Also included in this year’s list, as noted already are the new Wild Kratts  DVDs and those from Transformers Rescue Bots along with the new Hey Arnold! movie, just to name a handful of titles.  As always, the top 10 pics are the best while the five that follow are honorable mention titles.  Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks 2018 Top 10 New Family DVDs & BDs list.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW FAMILY DVDs & BLU-RAYs

  1. The Railway Children
  2. Nature CatOnward & Pondward
  3. Nature CatWinter Dance Party
  4. Transformers Rescue BotsOutdoor Adventures
  5. Transformers Rescue BotsTeam Rescue Bots
  6. Dinosaur TrainMaking New Friends
  7. Wild KrattsAdventures on the African Savannah
  8. Wild KrattsMdagascar Madness
  9. Littlest Pet ShopBest Pet Friends
  10. Ready Jet Go!Jet’s First Halloween
  11. Super WhyThe Adventures of Little Bo Peep & Her Sheep
  12. Arthur: D.Wand the Beastly Birthday
  13. Hotel Transylvania 3
  14. Disney Pixar Short FilmsVolume 3
  15. Hey Arnold!The Jungle Movie

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Writing, Pricing Make PBS’ New “Dinosaur Train” DVD Another Success From The Hit Series

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All aboard! The dinosaur train is off on more adventures in a brand new Dinosaur Train DVD, Meeting New Friends.  Released June 12, this latest collection of episodes from the family favorite PBS Kids series is another fun set for audiences of all ages.  That is proven in part through the collection’s featured stories.  They will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are taught through the stories are also important to discuss by connection.  They will be discussed a little later.  The DVD’s relatively affordable average price point rounds out the DVD’s most important elements.  It will be discussed a little later, too.  Each element is important in its own right, as will be pointed out here.  All things considered, they make Dinosaur Train: Meeting New Friends another wonderful, welcome ride on the Dinosaur Train for the whole family.

PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD Meeting New Friends is another fun, welcome ride back in time that is sure to entertain and engage the whole family.  That is proven in part through the stories presented throughout this set.  All eight episodes follow the set’s central theme of making friends while continuing to introduce new species of prehistoric creatures.  The Pteranodon kids and their parents befriend a turtle and his friend Tommy, a prehistoric rodent who were washed onto the Pteranodon family’s home after a hurricane in “Rafting the Cretacious.”  It’s through this episode that young viewers are taught about hurricanes and animal dispersal as well as about certain creatures.  It’s fitting that this episode is included in this set, considering that the set has been released during hurricane season.  It’s a good starting point for discussions on said weather systems.  “Beating The Heat” presents its own story, which sees the Pteranodon kids learn about Stegosaurus’ plates.  Not to give anything away, but it turns out they actually have more than one use.  This is something that even adults will appreciate learning.  “Tiny and the Crocodile” introduces another prehistoric creature, this time a dangerous pre-historic crocodile.  These are just a few examples of why the stories included in this set are so important.  Between these stories and others not directly noted here, it becomes clear in watching this DVD that the stories themselves offer plenty for audiences of all ages to appreciate.  They are original and they follow one central theme (I.E. maintaining a certain continuity).  As much as this does to make the DVD’s viewing experience a pleasure, it is only part of what makes the DVD so positive.  The lessons tied into the stories are just as important to the DVD’s presentation as the episodes’ stories.

The lessons tied into the stories are so important to discuss because they don’t stick to just science.  Given, the science lessons are there.  That should not be mistaken.  However, they are not the only lessons presented in these episodes.  “Tiny and the Crocodile” teaches young viewers an important lesson about confronting things that scare you, and does so without going over the top in doing so at the same time.  It presents this lesson by having Tiny go to meet a giant crocodilian named Deanna Dinosuchas, who is the natural predator of Pteranodons.  Deanna is definitely an imposing creature, but Tiny doesn’t let that get to her, and ends up, of course, making a new friend in an unlikely creature.  That in itself leads to an even deeper lesson about never knowing what one can accomplish unless one tries.  To that end, these collective lessons in themselves go a long way toward showing why the lessons are so important.  “Double-Crested Trouble” teaches another important non-science lesson in the form of the importance of teamwork.  This lesson is taught as two Dilophosaurus brothers exhibit quite the sibling rivalry, to which the Pteranodon kids have to react before things get out of hand.  Obviously it ends well.  That’s to be expected.  The important matter is that this lesson would once continue the series’ ongoing tradition of adding non-science lessons into the standard science lessons. To a certain point, “Tiny’s Tiny Friend” also continues that tradition by promoting the lesson of compromise.  This argued lessons rises when a Cimolestes names Cindy (it looks kind of like a possum crossed with a ferret) takes Tiny’s spot on a tree.  Rather than just get mad, Tiny and her siblings work to find Cindy her own spot in the tree.  Of course, they succeed, too, and in the process, make another new friend in Cindy. It’s just one more way in which the lessons tied into these episodes prove to be so important to the DVD’s presentation overall.  When they are joined by the standard scientific lessons included in each episode, the whole of the lessons presents just as much for viewers to appreciate as the stories themselves.  Keeping this in mind, the stories in these episodes and their related lessons are both critical to the DVD’s whole, but are still not the only key elements to consider in what makes the DVD a success.  Its average price point plays into its success, too.

Using the country’s five biggest retailers – Target, Best Buy, Wal-mart, Amazon and PBS’ store – the average price point of this single-disc collection proves to be more than a little affordable.  Between the five outlets, that noted price sits at $8.21.  It is being listed least expensive – no surprise – at PBS’ online store – and a little more surprisingly – via Target.  Of course, this average price point is reached without adding in tax, shipping and handling.  It is just the base price.  Either way, the average price point of less than $10 for eight episodes is affordable for any viewer.  Simply put, at $8.21, that makes the unit price just over $1 per episode.  Again, this will appeal to any family because it is so budget friendly.  When it is considered along with the original stories and the mix of lessons tied into the stories, the whole of these elements goes a long way toward making DinosaurTrain: Meeting New Friends another new welcome DVD from the hit PBS Kids series.

PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD, Meeting New Friends, is hardly the first collection of episodes to be released on DVD from the hit series.  At the same time, it is just as enjoyable and impressive as its predecessors.  That is proven in part through the eight original stories that make up the body of the DVD.  The lessons that are tied into the stories add even more depth and enjoyment to the DVD’s presentation.  When the set’s affordable average price point of less than $10 is considered along with the stories and lessons, the whole of the elements, all three elements prove to give audiences of all ages more than enough reason to add this DVD to their home video libraries.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other Dinosaur Train DVDs is available online now along with printables, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Announces Release Date, Specs For New ‘Dinosaur Train’ DVD

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PBS Distribution has another new Dinosaur Train DVD on the way.

Dinosaur TrainMeeting New Friends is scheduled to be released June 12 on DVD and Digital HD.  The series’ latest collection of episodes, it features another handful of episodes that finds the Pteranodon family making new friends in a variety of situations.

In one of the collection’s episods, the Pteranodon family takes a surprise day trip that leads them to meet a Tyrannosaurus Rex who has features similar to Buddy’s.  Another of the featured adventures finds the Pteranodon family helping a pair of new friends find their way home.  In yet another of the collection’s episodes, the Pteranodons meet a 40-foot crocodile named Deanna Dienosuchas, who has quite the toothy smile.

In all, Dinosaur TrainMeeting New Friends features eight episodes and runs for a total of 88 minutes.  It will retail for MSRP of $12.99, but can be pre-ordered online now at a reduced price of $7.99 via PBS’ online store.

More information on Dinosaur TrainMeeting New Friends is available along with Dinosaur Train games, activities, printables and more at:

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PBS Kids Heads Skyward With New ‘Dinosaur Train’ DVD

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PBS Kids and Public Media Distribution have partnered to take families into the sky with a new Dinosaur Train DVD.

Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs Take Flight will be released Tuesday, June 13 in stores and online. The DVD features eight more episodes spread across a single disc at a total run time of two hours. The DVD will retail for MSRP of $12.99 and can be ordered online now via PBS’ online store.

Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs Take Flight gets its name primarily from its special four-part episode which takes the Pteranodon family on the maiden voyage of the Dinosaur Train Zeppelin.  Tiny, Shiny, Don and their parents discover more than just more dinosaurs on the airship’s first flight.  They also learn about how Earth’s continents came to be spread across the planet, how craters and atolls are formed and even waterfalls.

The second group of episodes is unrelated to the disc’s main episodes. However, it does follow the flying theme in the collection’s title as Don befriends a dragonfly in “Don’s Dragonfly,” and as the Pteranodon family, with the help of Mr. Conductor, help a lost bird get back home in “The Lost Bird.”

The flying theme continues in “Pterosaur Flying Club” and “Petey The Peteinosaurus” as the Pteranodon kids and their friends practice for a flying show and as Tiny, Shiny, Don, and Buddy meet new friend Petey Peteinosaurus respectively.

Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs Take Flight will be released Tuesday, June 13.  More information on this new DVD is available online along with lots of Dinosaur Train activities, games and more at:

 

 

 

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Audiences Of All Ages Will “Dig” PBS Kids’ New ‘Dinosaur Train’ DVD

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PBS Kids’ hit science-based series Dinosaur Train is one of the network’s biggest hits.  That is because of its ability to make science fun with its combination of trains and dinosaurs—two things that almost every child loves.  Over the course of its now four seasons on television, the series has entertained and educated audiences of all ages with that expert balance of material.  That entertainment and education continued in a big, new way with the new “movie” What’s at The Center of the Earth?  The program, which sees the Pteranodon family diving deep into the earth and learning even more new lessons.  That story is, in itself, one of the key elements to discuss in examining the program in its recent DVD release.  The DVD’s namesake movie” isn’t the only story presented in its new home release.  Four other episodes are included with the DVD’s main story.  That will be discussed later.  The viewing options presented to audiences rounds out the most important of this DVD’s elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the DVD’s presentation.  All things considered, Dinosaur Train: What’s at The Center of the Earth? proves to be a presentation that audiences of all ages will *ahem* dig.  Yes, that terrible pun was fully intended.

PBS Kids’ latest Dinosaur Train DVD What’s at The Center of the Earth? is a release that audiences of all ages will “dig.”  That is due in part to the story at the center of its main feature.  The story takes the Pteranodon kids and their dad on a ride deep into the earth with Mr. Conductor and his nephew in search of a spot for a new underground train station.  It is not the first time the series has seen the Pteranodon family digging for gems and other items.  It is, though, the first time that the show’s writers have taken its main characters so deep into the earth.  They have gone beneath the waves many times, into the skies and all around the prehistoric world.  This time though, is the first time the writers have taken audiences so deep into the earth. It should be noted though, that the Drill Train doesn’t go to the center of the earth, but it does take the kids pretty deep regardless.  To that end, the DVD’s main story proves to be an integral piece of its overall presentation.  It is just one part of what makes the DVD such an enjoyable presentation.  The companion stories included with the DVD’s main feature play a pivotal part in its presentation, too.

The main feature of PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD is in itself a key part of its presentation.  That is because it is such an original work, considering the series’ history so far.  It is only one of the elements that should be discussed in examining the DVD in whole.  The companion episodes that are included with the main feature are important to note, too.  All four episodes are taken from the series’ fourth season (its latest season).  The first pairing—‘Nest Swap’ and ‘The Herd is the Word’—originally aired together March 18, 2016.  ‘Spinosaurus Super Model’ came much later in the season’s run while ‘Where Have All The Lizards Gone?’ aired almost halfway through the season.  The episodes are not presented in the same chronological order here in which they were presented during their original broadcasts, but the fact that they all come from the same season—the series’ latest season no less—shows that a certain amount of thought was put into their inclusion.  It keeps all of the episodes as close together as possible.  What’s more, the stories presented within each episode each differ from one another, ensuring audiences’ engagement even more.  Keeping all of this in mind, the extra episodes included in What’s at the Center of the Earth? are just as important to the DVD’s overall presentation as the DVD’s main feature.  The viewing options presented to audiences round out the most important of the DVD’s elements.

The story at the center of What’s at the Center of the Earth? and that story’s companion episodes collectively establish a solid foundation for this latest Dinosaur Train DVD’s presentation.  That is due to their content and the fact that they all come from the same season, rather than being from all four seasons.  While the episodes themselves are so pivotal to the DVD’s presentation, they are not its only important elements.  The viewing options used for those episodes is important to discuss, too.  Audiences will be happy to know that they can watch the episodes one at a time or in linear fashion.  When audiences choose the “Play All Episodes” option, that option still presents solid break points between episodes and the mid-show segments with Dr. Scott that allow viewers plenty of time to stop if needed.  Watching the episodes in non-linear style separates the mid-show segments from the episodes and the episodes from each other, too.  Simply put, regardless of what options audiences choose, both options prove to be positive for viewers.  When this is considered along with the DVD’s episodes and their stories, the whole proves to be a presentation that once again, audiences of all ages will “dig.”

PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD What’s at the Center of the Earth? is a program that, in its recent home release, that audiences of all ages will “dig.”  The story at the center of its main feature supports that statement in part.  The companion episodes that come with that central feature strengthen that statement even more.  The DVD’s viewing options round out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the DVD’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make this DVD yet another enjoyable offering from PBS Kids and its hit series.  They make it a DVD that the whole family will “dig.”  It is available now in stores and online, and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD is available along with more Dinosaur Train activities, news and more at:

 

 

 

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