PBS Distribution Announces Release Date For New Apollo 11 Presentation

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PBS Distribution continues its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission alter this month with another new story of the historic event.

8 DaysTo The Moon And Back is scheduled for release Sept. 24 on DVD.  The new program presents another new look at the Apollo 11 mission with the original audio of conversations held between the crew of the Apollo 11 and newly shot studio footage, NASA and news archives.

The upcoming release features Rufus Wainright (EastEndersMeet The RobinsonsI Am Sam), Jack Tarlton (The Imitation GameDr. WhoThe Genius of Mozart) and Patrick Kennedy (Mrs. KennedyAtonementPirates of the CaribbeanOn Stranger Tides) as the crew of the Apollo 11 in this re-telling of the Apollo 11 mission.

8 DaysTo The Moon and Back will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 through PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

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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 Distribution’s Latest ‘Wild Kratts’ DVD Will Make Lots Of Positive Waves

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Early this spring, PBS Distribution released a new addition to its collection of Wild Kratts DVDs in the form of The Briny Blue Sea.  Released April 9, the DVD features two more episodes of the hit animated series.  The episodes in question follow the theme of the DVD’s title throughout.  This will be addressed shortly.  The secondary lessons about what makes the episodes’ featured creatures so great adds to the DVD’s appeal.  That content and the DVD’s primary content coupled, they make the DVD’s pricing affordable.  That affordability joins with the DVD’s primary and secondary content to make the DVD in whole another welcome addition to any family’s Wild Kratts collection.

PBS Distribution’s latest addition to its ongoing series of Wild Kratts DVDs is a welcome addition to that series and to any family’s Wild Kratts collection.  That is due in part to the DVD’s four featured episodes.  The episodes in question – “Osprey,” “Aye Aye,” “Puffin Rescue” and “Sea Otter Swim” – all follow the DVD’s central theme of the DVD’s title.  Given, “Aye Aye” does not necessarily follow the them in the purest sense of the word, as the story finds the Wild Kratts gang learning about the aye aye – a land creature – as they pretend to be pirates while aboard the Tortuga.  The other three episodes however, tend to follow the DVD’s central theme much more directly.  “Osprey” finds Chris and Martin having to recover the keys to the Tortuga after Jimmy accidentally loses them in the ocean.  It’s up to the brothers Kratt to recover them before Zach Varmitech gets his hands on them.  “Puffin Rescue” finds the Wild Kratts “gang” being separated after a rogue wave hits the Tortuga, spreading the group across the ocean.  Martin ends up washed up on a deserted island inhabited only by Puffins, which end up helping Aviva develop a Puffin creature suit for him.  He uses the suit to rescue the rest of the group, leading Chris to use his squid creature suit to help pull the Tortuga from the water.  “Sea Otter Swim” features Jimmy learning how to swim from a sea otter whom Chris and Martin have aptly named “Coach.”  In the process, the group learns about the “powers” that make sea otters stand out.  Again, all of thee episodes follow the DVD’s central theme of “The Briny Blue Sea.”  It’s hardly the first time a Wild Kratts DVD has done so, either.  To that end, it’s just one way in which the DVD impresses just as much as its predecessors.  The secondary lessons featured throughout the stories adds even more appeal to the DVD.

The secondary lessons featured in each of the DVD’s episodes are once again about various creatures and their interesting “creature powers.”  Audiences learn, for instance, in “Aye Aye” that the Aye Aye, which is a member for the lemur family, uses one of its fingers very much in the same way that a woodpecker uses its beak – to find and catch their meals.  It also notes the power of aye ayes’ ears.  “Osprey” teaches viewers how Ospreys use their wings and their powerful eyesight to spot fish in the water and catch them so quickly and precisely.  While “Sea Otter Swim” focuses mainly on sea otters and their powers, it also features other sea creatures, such as the starfish, bottlenose dolphin and the bald eagle, and how their interact with one another in and above the waves.  “Puffin Rescue” focuses on puffins’ beaks and wings, as well as their quite impressive vision.  Simply put, there is a lot of in-depth content that teaches young viewers what makes the featured creatures so interesting.  Once again, that content is delivered in a way that makes it accessible for any viewer.  Yet again, it’s a positive way to get young viewers interested in the biological and ecological sciences.  When this is considered along with the DVD’s primary content and its value, the whole of that content gives audiences a lot to appreciate.  On the same note, it makes the DVD’s average price point worth its low price point.

The average price point of Wild Kratts: The Briny Blue Sea is $11.98.  Amazon, Walmart, Target and Best Buy offer the lowest prices at $9.90 (Amazon and Walmart) and $9.99 (Target and Best Buy) while PBS and Books-A-Million list the DVD at the most expensive price at $14.99.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ price of $14.12 is just below that of PBS.  Given, PBS presents one of the most expensive listings, but regardless of where audiences get the DVD, a portion of the money will still go to benefit PBS, so the money is well-spent no matter which retailer consumers choose.  Add in the content featured in the DVD, the price is affordable and worth paying regardless of retailer.  Keeping this in mind, the DVD proves, in the end clearly why it is a welcome addition to any family’s Wild Kratts collection.

Wild Kratts: The Briny Blue Sea is another enjoyable addition to PBS Distribution’s ongoing series of Wild Kratts DVD releases.  That is proven in part through the four episodes that make up the body of the DVD.  They all follow the DVD’s central theme of the ocean.  The secondary content, which features more lessons about the featured creatures and their powers adds even more enjoyment and engagement to the DVD’s presentation.  Collectively, they make the DVD’s average price point money well-spent, regardless of retailer.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD.  All things considered, they make the DVD one that will make plenty of waves in the best way possible.  More information on the DVD is available online along with lots of Wild Kratts games, activities, printables and more at:

 

 

 

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Viewers Of All Ages Will “Celebrate” PBS Distribution’s New ‘Arthur’ DVD

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United we stand and divided we fall.  Sadly, it is seeming more and more like America (and the world) is on the brink of falling because we have become so divided by religions, political views and rhetoric.  To that end, PBS Distribution and PBS Kids’ latest Arthur DVD Arthur Celebrates Community – released just last month – could not have come at a better time.  The DVD features eight episodes from the series that promote community unity in eight very different ways.  That variety of topics is one of the most important and notable aspects of the DVD and will be addressed shortly. While the episodes each promote community through their own unique fashion, they also serve as starting points for discussions on the various topics, another key aspect of the DVD that will be addressed a little later.  Keeping all of this in mind, the DVD’s average price range makes it a DVD that proves to be yet another welcome addition to the library of any family and educator.  Keeping all of this in mind, Arthur Celebrates Community proves to be a presentation that many audiences will themselves celebrate.

PBS Distribution/PBS Kids’ latest Arthur DVD Arthur Celebrates Community is a presentation that many viewers will celebrate.  That is due in pat to the many ways in which its episodes promote that community unity.  The whole thing opens with the much-talked about episode “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” which is a story that addresses the issue of gay marriage.  The very topic is something that has been extremely divisive in America today, yet is becoming more accepted.  This episode serves to continue the fight to make it even more accepted as well as those who are within that community.  “The Feud,” which immediately follows that episode, encourages people to not let disputes between two people to infect their own views and spread like some disease.  Considering what is going on in America today because of Donald Trump, this message of maintaining community and unity is completely relevant and important.  Much the same applies to “When Rivals Came To Roost,” as it reminds us that we cannot let stereotypes and things of the past keep us divided.  Again, here is a key message celebrating community and unity.  “The Longest eleven Minutes” presents a unique message of community as it reminds audiences of the dangers of becoming so reliant on the internet because of how it has truly separated and dehumanized us.  “Muffy’s House Guests” turns things even more as it presents more of a message of biological and ecological unity.  Muffy wants to evict the peregrine falcons who have made a home outside her home, but she learns in the long run, the importance that they play in the Earth’s bigger community.  The tone changes slightly in “Binky Can’t Always Get What He Wants” as Binky learns a key lesson that sometimes the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.  That theme continues in “Muffy’s Car Campaign” as she and her friends learn about the impact of locally sourced resources versus those sourced from far away.  “Truth Or Poll” goes back to the issue of politics as it points out the negative impact that polls and statistics can have on community.  It approaches the topic in a way that is accessible for viewers of all ages, too.  All of these episodes considered, it is clear how they all follow the same theme of promoting community and unity by relation.  The fact that they follow that one central theme, but in so many ways, makes for plenty of reason for viewers to watch this DVD from start to finish.  The commonality of the episodes’ stories, in terms of their theme, is just one key aspect of the DVD.  The fact that the varied stories serve as their own starting points for so many topics makes the DVD even more appealing for viewers.

“The Longest Eleven Minutes” is a key example of how the episodes serve as that starting point. In an age when everything is digital and people have come to expect instant gratification and have seemingly forgotten about the beauty of the world, etc. this story is a good stepping stone to remind people of how humans survived prior to the digital age.  It reminds viewers that it is possible to survive without so much technology, too.  That Arthur’s father was listening to music on a radio instead of an ipad, a cell phone, etc. is proof positive of that.  “Muffy’s Car Campaign” and “Binky Can’t Always Get What He Wants” serve collectively as a good starting point for a discussion about putting others’ needs before their own.  Such discussions can lead to discussions about the importance of sharing and considering others’ thoughts and feelings.  “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” serves as that starting point for discussions on the fact that not everyone is the same and that accepting one another’s differences will help make our global community so much better.  “The Feud” and “When Rivals Came To Roost” serves to remind viewers that words can be very powerful, especially when they are words of hurt and stereotyping.  This is something with which we as a people deal with even today in the real world.  It’s just one more way in which the stories featured on this disc show their importance not just for their stories but for what the stories can do in terms of creating whole new discussions among viewers.  Keeping all of this in mind, this DVD proves to have some very engaging and enjoyable content.  That content makes the DVD’s average price point money well-spent

The average price point for Arthur Celebrates Community is $5.99.  That price is determined by averaging prices from Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million and PBS’ store.  At the time of this review’s posting, it was not listed through Walmart.  The most expensive of the listings is at PBS’ store and at Books-A-Million, at $6.99 while the least expensive listing is at Amazon and Target at $4.69.  Best Buy ($5.99) is the midpoint of the price range while Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ listing of $6.58 is just under the most expensive listing.  Regardless of which retailer one uses, the fact of the matter is that a portion of the sales will still go to benefit PBS in its efforts to continue to entertain and educate audiences of all ages.  It does that and more with this DVD, whose average price point doesn’t even reach $10.  Considering that the breadth and depth of the DVD’s content, that is a rather admirable aspect.  Keeping this in mind, it joins with that noted content to show even more why Arthur Celebrates Community is such a positive new release from PBS Distribution and PBS Kids.  It shows even more why viewers of all ages will celebrate the DVD, which is available now.

Arthur Celebrates Community is another positive new addition to PBS Distribution’s ongoing series of Arthur DVDs.  That is proven in part through the eight episodes that make up the body of the DVD.  The stories each follow the DVD’s central theme of community unity, all in different ways.  The discussions that the stories can start among viewers of all ages add to the DVD’s appeal, as noted here.  The combination of the stories and those discussions that they can create makes the DVD’s average price point of less than $10 well worth spending as it is certain viewers will find themselves watching all eight of the DVD’s episodes time and again and discussing their content plenty, too.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of Arthur Celebrates Community.  All things considered, they make the DVD a presentation that audiences of all ages will celebrate.  More information on the DVD is available along with lots of printables, activities, games and more at:

 

 

 

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‘AmEx: Chasing The Moon’ Is One Of The Best NASA Histories To Be Created In 50 Years

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Fifty years ago last month, one of the most important events in the history of mankind took place when Apollo 11 landed on the surface of the moon and its occupants – Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin – stepped out of the capsule and became the first humans to ever walk on the lunar surface.  That moment, on July 20, 1969 was the day the world actually stopped and – for once – came together.  While everybody knows the story of the Apollo 11 mission, not everyone knows the full story that led up to that historic moment, that is until now.  PBS Distribution released a new documentary centered on the Apollo 11 mission July 9 to celebrate the mission’s 50th anniversary.  The story at the center of the six-and-a-half-hour documentary is in itself more than enough reason for audiences to own this presentation.  It will be addressed shortly.  The bonus content that comes with the documentary’s home presentation adds more for viewers to appreciate.  It will be addressed a little later on.  The documentary’s combined primary and secondary content makes its average price point such that audiences will agree that the money spent on the multi-part presentation is money well-spent.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the documentary.  All things considered, they make American Experience: Chasing The Moon a work that gives audiences the moon and more in terms of the Apollo 11 story.

PBS Distribution’s presentation of American Experience: Chasing The Moon is a work that more than exceeds expectations for history buffs and space history aficionados alike.  That is due in part to the story at the center of the program.  The story presents not just the familiar story of the Apollo 11’s groundbreaking lunar landing, but the evolution of America’s space program both within itself and as it pertained to America’s competition with Russia’s space program and government.  That is just one of the key elements of the program’s story.  Audiences will be surprised to learn some not so savory elements of the evolution of America’s space program, such as the fact that it dealt with some issues of race relations.  Apparently it was possible one of the first men on the moon could have been African-American if not for the sociopolitical climate of the times.  On a related note, it is argued through the program’s interviewees that NASA’s mission control was located in Houston because most of the congressional members who played a part in NASA’s evolution were from the south.  It is argued that this is also likely why the noted astronaut likely was eventually removed from the lunar program.  Hearing that astronaut’s comments about being scrubbed from the mission from actual recorded footage is a powerful thing.  That is just one more element of the story that makes it so engaging.  Viewers are also treated to anecdotes from media personnel who documented the evolution of the space program and the Apollo 11 landing.  Viewers will be entertained and engaged by the anecdotes about certain media personnel who allegedly liked the camera and the limelight a little bit too much.  On the same note, the recollections of the re-enactments that the media outlets used serves to show how pivotal they were in translating the astronauts’ journeys.  It serves as the starting point for so many mass communications college courses’ discussions.  As if everything noted here is not enough, the revelation that the Russians may have in fact managed to land a probe on the moon right around the same time that Apollo 11 landed is a part of history that is rarely if ever taught in any history class at any level.  All of this and more is told through firsthand accounts from those connected with the space race and the eventual Apollo 11 mission.  There is no one single narrator for this program.  It makes the program that much more personal.  The result is a presentation that connects with audiences that much more directly, and in turn ensures even more, viewers’ maintained engagement and entertainment.  It makes a very strong foundation for the whole of American Experience: Chasing The Moon.  While it does more than its share to keep viewers engaged and entertained, it is just one of the elements that makes the program’s home release a positive presentation.  Its bonus content plays its own pivotal part to its overall presentation.

The bonus content that is featured with the home release of American Experience: Chasing The Moon is not as extensive as the story that forms the foundation of AmEx: Chasing The Moon, but is still interesting in its own right.  It will appeal more to those who have an interest in video editing than the program’s primary target audience.  The two bonuses featured within the program’s home release – “Interview with Robert Stone” and “Behind The Scenes With Film Crew” – take viewers into the genesis of the program and its creative process.  Stone reveals in his solo interview that director Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic adaptation of 2001: A Space Odyssey is what first got him interested in the film creation process.  He adds in his most enjoyable anecdote, his first experience as a film maker involved a super 8 camera kit that was not even his.  It was not a criminal thing, but will certainly leave viewers laughing along with him as he recounts the story.  Stone also recalls his interaction with Apollo 8 astronaut Frank Borman helped bring some of the footage for this documentary into the program.  That story will be saved for audiences to discover on their own, but it is certainly an interesting story, needless to say.  It is just one more of a number of topics that he touches on in his brief interview.  When it is considered with the rest of the items that he discusses, the whole of the interview certainly proves entertaining and engaging in its own right.

The Behind The Scenes documentary will especially appeal to those who are students and lovers of the cinematic arts.  Audiences learn firsthand how the music for the program came to life for starters.  Viewers are also treated to discussions on the restoration of the original footage for the program.  Though brief, this is its own interesting discussion because it exhibits the painstaking efforts taken to restore the footage.  Looking back at the vintage footage used for the program, those efforts paid off, needless to say.  Even the sound editing is addressed in this bonus segment as well as the general video editing.  The whole of the topics will appeal primarily to the noted viewers.  When it is considered along with the content presented in Stone’s interview, the whole of the bonus content proves quite entertaining and just as valuable to the whole of American Experience: Chasing The Moon as the program’s central story.  When both the primary and secondary content are coupled, they prove the program’s average price point – both on DVD and Blu-ray – a number that while maybe not inexpensive, still money that is well-spent.

The average price point of American Experience: Chasing The Moon comes to $27.41 for its Blu-ray presentation and $24.49 for its DVD presentation.  Those prices were reached by averaging prices from Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and PBS’ store.  At the time of this review’s posting, the program was not listed through Books-A-Million’s website on DVD and Blu-ray.  Now keeping this in mind, the majority of the single listings were below that average price listing on both platforms.  The majority of the listings were below those price points, though a couple – Target and Barnes & Noble Booksellers did come close on the Blu-ray price point.  PBS’ listing was the only one that exceeded both platforms’ price point.  Each retailer’s price point for the program’s DVD price exceeded its average by only cents.  Keeping all of this in mind, that still makes the 3-disc set’s price less than $10/disc.  At a total run time of six-and-a-half hours, that is actually quite affordable, especially considering the depth and breadth of the presented information.  Keeping all of this in mind, the average price point of American Experience: Chasing The Moon proves just as integral in its own way to the whole of the program as its primary and secondary content.  When all three elements are considered together, the whole of the elements makes this documentary an out of this world hit, proving once more why this documentary, though length, is well worth the watch by space history aficionados and history buffs in general.

PBS Distribution’s new American Experience documentary Chasing The Moon is a program that will keep lovers and students of space history and general history buffs alike fully engaged and entertained throughout the course of its six-and-a-half-hour run time.  That is due in no small part to its completely engaging and entertaining story, which is told through the words of those connected to America’s space program and to the Apollo 11 mission.  The bonus content that couples with that primary content will appeal to a more targeted audience, but is still just as entertaining and engaging in its own right.  They collectively make the average price point for the program’s home release – both on DVD and Blu-ray – money that is very well spent.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of the program.  All things considered, they make American Experience: Chasing The Moon a presentation that will give viewers the moon and more.  More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution Taking Audiences Back To Space Again Later This Month In New ‘NOVA’ Episode

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PBS Distribution is taking audiences back into the cosmos again with another new episode of NOVA.

NOVAThe Planets is scheduled for release Aug. 27 on Blu-ray and DVD.  The five-episode presentation takes viewers from the Milky Way’s inner planets all the way to its outermost regions.

Narrated by actor Zachary Quinto (StarTrekStar Trek Into DarknessStar Trek Beyond), takes viewers on the intergalactic journey using the most up-to-date planetary research and footage captured by orbiters, landers and rovers.  From the mystery of why Earth is the only planet of the rocky planets that can sustain life to how the outer planets and gas giants came to form and sit where they do now, the program takes viewers on a previously inexperienced journey through the galaxy.

NOVAThe Planets will retail for $29.99 (DVD) and $34.99 (Blu-ray).  It can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $24.99 (DVD) and $29.99 (Blu-ray) through PBS’ store.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

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PBS Distribution To Release New ‘NOVA’ Episode To DVD Next Week

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PBS Distribution is taking audiences on another archaeological dig next week in another new episode of NOVA.

NOVA: Lost Viking Army is scheduled for release Aug. 13 on DVD.  The program follows a bio-archaeologist named  Cat Jarman who believes that a mass grave discovered roughly forty years ago is the final resting place of an infamous Viking force known as the “Great Heathen Army.”

The “Great Heathen Army,” also known as the “Great Danish Army,” was a group of Vikings who came together from Norway, Sweden and Denmark to invade England in 865 AD.  The army’s conquest lasted a total of 14 years.  The legend behind the raid is that it was a reprisal for the execution of the Viking King Ragnar Lothrbok by Aella of Northumbria.

As this episode of NOVA presents, investigations of the mass grave and stories behind the Viking raid lead to revelations about items, such as female warriors taking part in the conflict and a king reunited with his son in death.

NOVALost Viking Army will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 through PBS’ store.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

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