MPI Media Group Announces Release Date For New Munsters Collection

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Rocker/director Rob Zombie’s “prequel” origin story of The Munsters is scheduled for release this week on digital and Blu-ray, but for those looking for something more along the lines of the original show, mpi Media Group has something on the way next month.

mpi Media Group announced Monday, it is scheduled to release Marineland Carnival with The Munsters TV Show Cast & More Lost Treasures Oct. 4. The classic presentation is scheduled for release exclusively on DVD. The forthcoming special marks the first time ever that the 1965 TV special will have seen the light of day on DVD.

Along with the title special, the collection also includes a 1966 full-color The Munsters themed “episode” featuring star Fred Gwynne in costume and character as the beloved bumbling head of the Munster household, Herman on The Danny Kaye Show. There are also some rare and vintage segments from other talk shows and a new featurette titled “Munster Memories.” The special presentation features Butch Patrick (who played Eddie Munster in the original series).

In addition, guest appearances by Edie Adams and Joey Bishop, as well as music from New Christy Minstrels.

Marineland Carnival with The Munsters TV Show Cast & More Lost Treasures will retail for MSRP of $19.98. Its run time is listed as two hours.

More information on this and other titles from mpi Media Group is available along with all of the company’s latest news at:

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MVD Unearths A Rare TV Gem With Edie Adams Box Set

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Courtesy: MVD Visual/MVD Entertainment Group

Television has come a long way since its infancy.  To a minor extent, the road that the television industry has travelled has led to a positive progression in terms of its programming.  Sadly though, television programming for the most part has greatly regressed as the years have passed.  Thankfully though, there are those companies out there that have made a point of keeping alive the memories of television’s golden era.  One of those companies is MVD Entertainment Group.  MVD Entertainment Group recently teamed up with Ediad Productions to release Edie Adams’ beloved sketch/variety show, Here’s Edie in a complete four-disc box set.  Here’s Edie did not last long in its original broadcast on ABC.  It only ran for two years and twenty-one episodes.  Despite this, it remains today, one of the most beloved series from television’s greater days.  MVD Entertainment Group and Ediad Productions went to painstaking lengths to bring this classic series back to audiences.  Each of the series’ episodes is presented in this set exactly as it originally aired.  That is the first positive to the set.  Considering that over half a century has passed since the show’s original debut, the footage looks and sounds impressive.  Just as interesting about this set is the companion booklet included as part of the set’s packaging.  It provides viewers of all ages a history of how Here’s Edie came about and a full episode guide.  This does a great amount in terms of setting up the episodes and making them even more valuable.  The last piece of this set to be examined is its packaging.  MVD and EdiAd again are to be commended for this aspect of this new box set, too.  The discs, which spell out Adams’ first name, are wisely packaged.  The discs are protected from one another.  And the overall packaging is ergonomic.  When audiences take into account everything noted here, they will agree that this box set is a must see for anyone that has any interest in this golden piece of television history.

Here’s Edie was hardly the longest running sketch/variety show on television during its run.  It only ran for two seasons and twenty-one episodes from 1962 to 1964.  This aside, it is still one of the most beloved pieces of programming from television’s early era.  Those charged with maintaining the footage and transferring it from its original tapes to DVD are to be commended.  There are some very minor inconsistencies with the audio and video within certain episodes.  But one must take into account just how old the footage is before criticizing this.  As few as they are, it only serves to make the overall product that much more impressive.  Just as impressive is the fact that Ediad and MVD have also made sure to include in each episode, Adams’ ads for Muriel cigars.  Because of the change in this country’s culture, something as minor as this is just as important as the footage itself.  That’s because it serves to show a different cultural climate.  It’s part of the whole that makes this set the important historical video documentation that it is in the long run.  And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg that makes this box set so impressive.

The episodes themselves contained within this box set are the most important aspect of the overall presentation.  That goes without saying.  There is much more to examine to truly appreciate the set’s importance, though.  The bonus booklet included in the box set is, believe it or not, important in its own right.  That’s because of the breadth of information that it provides to viewers.  It starts off by offering a relatively in-depth look at how Here’s Edie came to be.  It’s a moving story of success through loss.  Also included in the set’s bonus booklet is an in-depth episode guide.  It gives a short but concise summary of each episode.  Throughout it all, there are photos taken from random episodes, promotional pictures, and even quotes from some of the biggest names in movies and television explaining her influence on their own careers.  The quotes alone go to prove how important Adams remains today.  The episode summaries and pictures serve to make the episodes themselves all the richer.  And along with the episodes, it serves to make the box set as a whole all the more entertaining.  The positives don’t end there, either.  In examining the whole presentation, one must also examine the packaging of this four-disc box. 

Far too few individuals give packaging the slightest notice when it comes to DVDs and Blu-rays.  They tend to take it for granted, for lack of better wording.  But it’s just as important as the rest of a release’s presentation.  The packaging for this set makes the whole thing complete.  Each of the set’s four discs are placed on their own insert within the box.  It greatly reduces the chances of them being scratched and in turn, preserves them for potentially another generation if they are properly cared for.  Collectively, the four discs spell out Edie’s name.  It’s a fun addition to the overall presentation that will bring a smile to any viewer’s face.  It’s the final touch on a box set that is a must see for anyone that has any love for classic television.  Here’s Edie is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered direct from the MVD Entertainment Group website at http://mvdb2b.com/s/EdieAdamsHeresEdieTheEdieAdamsTelevisionCollection/MVD5920D.  More information on this and other releases from MVD Entertainment Group is available online at http://www.facebook.com/MVDEntertainmentGroup, http://www.mvdb2b.com, and http://twitter.com/MVDentgroup.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com

The Edie Adams Christmas Album Is A Gift In Itself

Courtesy: Omnivore Recordings

Christmas albums are a dime a dozen.  It seems that every year, every major pop star under the sun puts out a Christmas album with his or her own interpretation of the holiday standards.  It’s gotten so bad that it makes a person want to not want to pick up any of them.  Thankfully though, a new album has been released that shines among the masses courtesy of Omnivore Recordings.  The album in question features some true classics recorded by the legendary singer, Edie Adams.  It’s simply titled, The Edie Adams Christmas Album featuring Ernie Kovacs (1952).

The Edie Adams Christmas Album features Adams putting her own truly original take on some of the most beloved holiday standards.  There’s something special about her renditions of ‘Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town’, ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ and ‘The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You).  The playfulness of ‘Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town’ is something that so few of today’s artists do.  She really makes it more than just a song.  She gives it a life all its own.  The same thing applies in ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ and ‘The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You).’  There is such gentility to her voice.  She didn’t just sing.  Her dynamic contrasts throughout each one add so much emotion.  Listeners can tell that Adams wasn’t just trying to do covers.  She truly wanted to make them her own.  That’s the difference between legends such as Adams and so many of today’s pop stars.  And her duets with husband Ernie Kovacs were just as enjoyable. 

The standards included in this compilation will be instant favorites both with those who grew up listening to Adams in her heyday and with their children and grandchildren.  The addition of lesser known pieces such as ‘It’s Christmas Time’, ‘I Wonder As I Wander’, and ‘Christmas in Killarney’ add even more enjoyment.  For many audiences, hearing them here might be their first time ever hearing them.  That makes this compilation that much more special.  Add in the nostalgia of hearing the static on the recordings, and it will take any audience young or old back in time.  That nostalgia will be made even greater when listeners read through the liner notes written by Adams’ son, Josh Mills. 

Audiences will enjoy reading Mills’ memories of his mom.  He shares many fond memories of growing up with his mom, telling readers of his mom’s love of the holidays.  He even includes a story of meeting acting legends Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.  He writes of Lemmon that he was “as kind, funny, and normal as everyone said he was.”  Mills explains how Lemmon actually gave him his first computer in 1984.  He also shares with audiences what few might have known in that Lemmon was quite the accomplished piano player.  Through his story of Lemmon, he goes on to explain about how Walter Matthau taught him a “mind-reading” card trick when he was just twelve years old.  There’s even a little note about Matthau’s wife being the influence for part of a very famous movie.

Stories of celebrities are just part of the joy of what Mills shares with audiences in the liner notes of the album.  He also shares a funny story of how his mother apparently couldn’t cook.  He tells of how his mother had forgotten to clean out a pan one Christmas before cooking some Canadian bacon, and the resultant effect.  It will leave audiences laughing.  It’s just one more of so much that listeners will enjoy in reading through the album’s companion booklet.  And now fans can check out those stories and the songs any time as The Edie Adams Christmas Album is available in stores and online now.  Whether being used for a Christmas party, or simply for the sake of enjoyment this holiday season, The Edie Adams Christmas Album is one Christmas album that every audience young or old should definitely have in their holiday collection.

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