PBS’ Latest ‘Arthur’ DVD Will Entertain Siblings Of All Ages

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Brothers and sisters are the bet and the worst people in the world.  They make life great and they make it miserable all at the same time.  Through it all, they are family, and life would not be the same without them.  So in celebration of siblings, PBS Kids and Public Media Distribution recently released a new collection of Arthur episodes focused on the ups and downs and brothers and sisters in the form of Arthur: Brothers and Sisters.  Originally released this past July on DVD, this eight-episode collection boasts plenty of positives beginning with its episodes.  This will be discussed shortly.  The stories presented in the featured episodes are just as important to discuss in examining this DVD as the episodes and will be examined later.  The lessons that are presented within the featured episodes round out the collection’s most important elements.  All elements are important in their own right to the DVD’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Arthur: Brothers and Sisters proves in the end to be a DVD that brothers and sisters of all ages will appreciate.

Arthur: Brothers and Sisters, the latest DVD compilation from the hit animated PBS Kids series, is a collection of episodes that brothers and sisters of all ages will appreciate.  That is due in part to the episodes that are featured in the collection.  Eight episodes make up the DVD’s body.  They are pulled from a wide swath of the series’ current 20-season run, reaching all the way back to the series’ first season with the disc’s first four episodes—“D.W. The Copycat,” “Arthur’s Baby,” “D.W.’s Baby” and “Arthur’s First Sleepover.”  It also pulls from Season Two in “Sue Ellen’s Little Sister” as well as the series’ 17th and 18th season in “Francine Redecorates,” “Two Minutes” and “The Pageant Pickle” respectively.”  That far-reaching rundown shows that those behind the DVD’s sequencing did not want to just rely on one season for the DVD’s body.  Instead, they wanted to get what they thought were some of the series’ most engaging and entertaining episodes to date that focused on various sibling situations.  To that end, the thought put into selecting the disc’s episodes paid off with eight episodes that are certain to connect with siblings of several ages.  Keeping this in mind, the DVD’s featured episodes are only a small part of what makes this disc so enjoyable.  The stories featured within the episodes strengthen its presentation even more.

The stories featured in the DVD’s featured episodes are important to discuss in examining the disc because of the ability of the stories to reach a wide range of audiences.  From twins trying to find out who was born first in “Two Minutes” to the older sibling forced to include the younger sibling in a big social event in “Arthur’s First Sleepover” to siblings dealing with conflict in interior design (and in turn personal connections) and more, the scenarios presented in these episodes prove relatable to siblings of all ages including adult siblings.  The collection even gives those who are only children something to which they can relate in the form of “Sue Ellen’s Little Sister.” Sue Ellen, who is an only child, eventually learns through trial and error in this episode that sometimes, being an only child can be just as good as having a sibling, if not better.  That attention to siblings and only children in the episodes’ scenarios shows a sensitivity to a wide range of audiences that deserves its own share of applause as part of the DVD’s whole.

Speaking of the ability of the episodes’ stories being relatable to a wide range of audiences, the lessons taught through the stories prove to be important to the disc’s whole, too.  The lesson presented in “Francine Redecorates” supports that statement.  Francine and her sister learn here that despite their different views on interior design tastes, they are still sisters and even something as minuscule as that difference should not be enough to make them so determined to want to be apart.  The lesson presented in the disc’s opening episode “D.W. The Copycat” is another example of the importance of the episodes’ lessons.  Arthur learns in the long run that siblings’ differences are what make them special, and that maybe siblings being exactly alike maybe isn’t as good as they might think.  It’s a tried and true lesson that has been presented in so many other series, but is still as entertaining and engaging here as in those series.  As has already been noted, the lesson presented through “Sue Ellen’s Little Sister” is another key lesson as Sue Ellen learns through trial and error that being an only child isn’t necessarily as bad as one might think.  It’s another invaluable lesson from which especially younger audiences can learn.  Between that lesson, the others noted here, and those not noted, it becomes clear why the episodes’ lessons are critical to the overall presentation of Arthur: Brothers and Sisters.  When this is considered along with the importance of the episodes’ stories and the episodes themselves, the whole of those elements shows clearly why this DVD is another welcome addition to any family’s home, and why it is undeniably one of this year’s top new family DVDs.

Arthur: Brothers and Sisters is one of 2017’s top new family DVDs.  That is due in no small part to the episodes selected for the DVD.  They are pulled from the series’ roots and from some of its more recent seasons.  That shows that those behind the DVD’s creation wanted to pull the episodes they best felt followed the DVD’s central theme, rather than just pulling from one season or another.  The stories presented in the featured episodes are stories to which audiences of all ages (including grown-ups) will relate, and in turn find quite entertaining and engaging.  The lessons presented within the stories round out the set’s most important elements.  Audiences of all ages will find the lessons offer plenty for their engagement, too.  Clearly, each element played an important part in the whole of this DVD.  All things considered, they make Arthur: Brothers and Sisters one of this year’s top new family DVDs.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on Arthur: Brothers and Sisters is available online along with lots of Arthur games, activities, printables and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Announces Release Date, Specs For New ‘Super Why!’ DVD

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PBS Distribution and PBS Kids will soon release a new collection of episodes from the hit animated series Super Why!

Super Why!: Sleeping Beauty and other Fairytale Adventures will be released in stores and online Tuesday, Oct. 31.  The collection, which will retail for MSRP of $9.99, can be pre-ordered now via PBS’ online store. It features four more episodes taken from the long-running vocabulary-building series that all focus on famous fairytales.

The disc’s title episode follows Whyatt and his friends as they have to keep waking up Sleeping Beauty in order to convince her not to let life pass her by.  It is a fun new twist on a classic story that is sure to put a smile on any viewer’s face.  “The Frog Prince” takes another classic tale and gives it a fun twist that also teaches a valuable lesson about compromise (a lesson from which even adults could learn).

“The Twelve Dancing Princesses” follows Whyatt and his friends as they try to find out why Whyat’s family is being secretive while “Princess Gwennie Saves The Day” teaches an invaluable lesson about finding one’s own special gifs and talents.

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‘The Vietnam War’ Is A Powerful New Look At One Of The World’s Most Talked About Conflicts

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So much over the years has been written and created about the Vietnam War.  From books to feature-length movies to documentaries, the conflict in Vietnam has remained a hot button topic for generations.  Next Tuesday, Sept. 19, PBS will add its own new addition to the topic when it releases The Vietnam War: A Film By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.  This in-depth documentary is easily one of the most comprehensive pieces ever presented on the conflict and just as easily one of the year’s top new documentaries.  That is due in no small part to the information presented over the course of the documentary’s 18-hour run time.  This will be discussed shortly.  The set’s packaging, which includes the doc’s episode listing, is just as important to the set’s presentation as its information.  It will be discussed later. The set’s bonus material rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own way to the set’s overall presentation, as will be made clear through this review.  All things considered, they make The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick a must have for military history buffs and history buffs in general, and one of the year’s top new documentaries.

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick is easily one of PBS’ top docs so far this year and one of the year’s top new docs, too.  In the same vein, it is also a must have for military history buffs and history buffs alike.  That is due in no small part to the information presented throughout the course of this 18-hour run time.  Right from the program’s outset, the program reveals the true roots of the Vietnam War—French occupation of Vietnam during the late 1800s.  This is a piece of information that is rarely, if ever, taught in and out of any classroom.  The program reveals that the French, who had colonized Vietnam since the late 19th Century, treated the Vietnamese quite poorly.  It further adds that between their mistreatment at the hands of the French–and at the hands of the Japanese during World War II–led to the fight for Vietnamese independence.  Just as interesting to learn is that the conflict that happened following the nation earning its independence is what eventually led to the war between the North and South.  Understanding this much deeper history behind the war puts it (and other items) into a whole new perspective; a perspective that definitely needs to be more widely taught than it already is being taught.

The rarely taught roots of the Vietnam conflict are collectively just the tip of the iceberg in the information that makes this presentation so engaging.  Much later in the program’s run, audiences learn that the American military was not the only side that was impacted by the war.  Interviews with former North and South Vietnamese soldiers lead to some very powerful revelations including that the conflict likely could have been averted in the first place and that—as one former soldier noted—there are no winners in war.  There is also plenty of information about the conflict that boiled over here in the United States as a result of beliefs about the war including hindsight from some protesters that will surprise audiences as much as any other featured information.  When audiences consider this and so much more information shared throughout the program’s 18-hour run time, they will see clearly why that information is so important to the program’s overall presentation.  Staying on that same thought, the episode summaries presented as part of the set’s packaging is another key part of its presentation.

The episode listing included as part of this set’s packaging is integral to its packaging because it creates a solid first piece of information for each episode.  Case in point is the episode summary for the set’s second disc.  That summary notes that Diem’s increasing autocratic rule in South Vietnam increased the conflict in the peninsula while President Kennedy had to figure, as America’s leader, how intensely America should have gotten involved in the conflict.  In other words, this lone summary not only sets the stage for the episode but also tells in short yet another piece of the war’s history.  The documentary’s other nine episode summaries work much in the same fashion, showing clearly why they are so important to the set’s packaging.

On another note, the discs’ actual packaging solidifies the set’s packaging even more.  The set’s 10 total discs are split into two separate five-disc cases.  Each of the discs within the cases is placed on its own plate inside the case, including inside the rear of the case.  Not only does this help save space with on DVD (and Blu-ray) racks, but it also protects the discs from one another.  This, in turn, increases the discs’ life span and in turn shows even more clearly the importance of the set’s overall packaging.  Keeping this in mind, the set’s packaging is just one more of its key elements.  The bonus material included in this set rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus material included with The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick is an important part of the documentary’s whole because of the additional information that it reveals.  Audiences will be surprised to learn through the bonus material, the painstaking efforts taken to show not only the American side of the war but the Asian side, too.  That meant taking years to find former soldiers from North and South Vietnam willing to share their stories.

Just as interesting to learn through the bonus material is the psychological impact that war has on those involved.  That revelation is made through a discussion among a large group of veterans from various wars.  The deeply rooted emotions displayed by each veteran are so powerful even being experienced just on screen.  Hearing the pain expressed by the veterans is enough to bring tears to even those who have never experienced the horrors and the traumas of war.

The frank, honest discussion from Jack Todd on why he left the Vietnam War—with a group of young military cadets no less—is just as powerful as that discussion on war’s psychological impact among the veterans.  Todd’s thoughts on the draft, reconciling his own thoughts about war with what to teach his children and other items are certain to create plenty of discussion among audiences.  Those certain discussions show the importance of this segment and even more in whole, the importance of the set’s bonus material.  Whether through Todd’s discussions, the veterans’ discussions, the discussions on how the documentary came to life or other discussions, audiences will see time and again the importance of this documentary’s bonus material time and again throughout each discussion.  Every discussion will keep audiences fully engaged long after the doc’s main feature–and bonus material–ends.  Keeping this in mind, it becomes wholly clear why the bonus material included in this set is so pivotal to its presentation.  It is its own powerful look at the war that is not shown in the documentary’s main feature, and makes the overall program all the more engaging.  When this is considered along with the engagement generated through the main feature’s information and the aesthetic value of the set’s packaging, the whole presentation proves to be an impressive work that is a must have for history buffs and military history buffs alike.  It proves to be one of the year’s best new documentaries and one of PBS’ best documentaries so far this year.

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will be available next Tuesday, Sept. 19.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Peg + Cat’s New Movie Is An Out Of This World Hit For The Whole Family

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Late this past May, PBS Kids and Public Media Distribution released Peg + Cat’s new movie Peg and Cat Save The World on DVD.  The approximately hour-long movie is a fun and educational presentation that the whole family will enjoy time and again.  That is due in part to the story at the center of the movie.  It will be discussed shortly.  The musical numbers are just as important to note as the story, even as surprising as that might seem.  The lessons that are tied into the movie round out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right, as will be displayed here.  Altogether, the elements noted here make Peg and Cat Save The World one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.

Peg + Cat: Peg and Cat Save The World is one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.  That is due in no small part to the story at the center of this hour-long movie.  The story is a spoof of every big budget interstellar disaster flick that has hit theaters in the past five to ten years.  Whereas those movies were all centered on the threat of killer asteroids hitting Earth, this movie sees Peg and her furry blue friend Cat having to save Earth from being flattened by their giant porcine friend Pig.  Pig threatens Earth after eating some chips (that happen to be triangle – Pig’s favorite shape) that make him planet size.  He ends up floating into space and eventually makes his way back to Earth, inadvertently threatening its very existence.  What’s even funnier is that the series’ writers spoof not only so many interstellar disaster flicks here, but they even take a moment to pay homage to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey as Pig floats back toward Earth.  Obviously the story has a happy ending, which won’t be revealed here for those who haven’t yet seen the movie.  The manner in which the ending happens is funny in itself.  Keeping all of this in mind, it becomes clear why this family friendly movie’s story is so important to its overall presentation.  It is only one part of what makes the movie so fun for the whole family.  The songs that are incorporated into the movie are just as important to discuss as its story.

The songs incorporated into Peg and Cat Save The World are so important because they are in themselves spoofs of so many well-known compositions.  Early on in the movie, Peg and Cat spoof Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’ with a song called ‘All About The Shapes.’  At another point in the movie, the two friends are joined by Sandra Oh, who voices the President of the United States for their own take on ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic.’  The fun doesn’t stop there, either.  As Peg, Cat and their friends work to keep Pig from flattening Earth, they all join in for the movie’s own spoof of the timeless classic ‘We Are The World’ that sees Cat get his own solo; a moment that will have audiences of all ages laughing.  These three moments in themselves do plenty to make Peg and Cat Save The World entertaining.  When they are joined with the movie’s family-friendly story, which again is also a spoof in itself, the pair together makes the movie even more entertaining.  They are not the movie’s only important elements to discuss.  The lessons tied into the movie are just as important to note as the movie’s story and songs.

The lessons tied into Peg and Cat Save The World are so important to note in this discussion because they continue the tradition established by the series so long ago.  A lesson about patterns is taught as Peg and Cat try to link a pattern sung by Pig to a similar audio pattern picked up on radar in the President’s triangle office (yes, triangle office, which is apparently just below the oval office.  That joke in itself makes for plenty of laughs).  It also clearly teaches a lesson about shapes as Peg and Cat work to figure out how to keep Pig from flattening Earth.  From rectangles to spheres and other shapes, the story in this movie presents every possible basic shape for its young audiences.  So not only is the movie entertaining for the whole family, it is also educational for its younger audiences.  That solid balance of entertainment and education makes it a movie that ensures engagement by audiences of all ages, and in turn no less entertaining with each watch.  Keeping that in mind, the movie proves to be, once more, one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.

Peg + Cat: Peg and Cat Save The World is one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.  Not only that, but it is also a wonderfully entertaining watch for grown-up audiences.  That is thanks to a story that spoofs every interstellar disaster flick to ever fill the nation’s theaters in the past 10 years or so and songs that spoof a group of songs that only older audiences will know.  The lessons tied into the story are certain to educate children just as much as the story is certain to entertain them. Keeping all of this in mind, the whole of those elements proves once more why Peg and Cat Save The World is such an enjoyable offering from PBS Kids and Public Media Distribution. They combine to make it one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.  More information on the DVD is available online along with lots of Peg + Cat activities, games, printables and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids Taking Families Back To Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Again

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PBS Kids is taking families on another trip to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood this summer.

Public Media Distribution will release Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: King Daniel for the Day on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The single-disc compilation will feature eight more episodes spanning 110 minutes. The disc’s title episode follows Daniel as King Friday makes Daniel king for a day, teaching Daniel an invaluable lesson about kindness to others.

Also included in this collection is a special birthday episode in which Daniel and his friends celebrate Prince Wednesday’s birthday in “Prince Wednesday’s Happy Birthday.”  Daniel also learns important lessons about responsibility and sacrifices in “Daniel Takes Care of Snowball” and “Looking for Snowball.”

This is all just a taste of what PBS Kids’ latest Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD offers families.  Even more fun and lessons are presented in the DVD’s other three episodes—“The Neighborhood Fall Festival,” “Sharing at the Library” and “Daniel Share With Margaret.”

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: King Daniel for the Day will retail for MSRP of $14.99. More information on this and other Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs is available online now along with activities, games, printouts and more at:

 

 

 

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Public Media Distribution Announces ‘Endeavour: Season 4’ Domestic Release Date

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Public Media Distribution is bringing home the fourth season of the hit British crime drama Endeavour this summer.

Endeavour: Season Four will be released Sept. 4, just as summer starts to wind down and the weather starts to change, giving audiences plenty to enjoy through the rest of this year.  Season 4 picks up right where Season 3 left off with the young Detective Morse and his partner Thursday dealing with more personal and work issues.

Morse waits in the series fourth season for the results of his Sergeant’s exam at work while dealing with emotional issues off the job.  Thursday and Win have their own issues as Sam has left for the army and Joan has gone off to points unknown.

Season 4’s four episodes—‘Game,’ ‘Canticle,’ ‘Lazaretto,’ and ‘Harvest’—are spread across two discs, totaling 480 minutes.  The DVD will retail for MSRP of $34.99 and the Blu-ray for 44.99.  It will be listed soon online via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other PBS Masterpiece series is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids To Tackle Sibling Rivalry On New ‘Arthur’ DVD

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PBS Kids will release another new collection of Arthur episodes on DVD this summer.

Public Media Distribution and PBS Kids will release Arthur: Brothers and Sisters on Tuesday, July 18. The single disc compilation features eight more episodes of the hit animated series at a total run time of 108 minutes (1 hr. 48 minutes).

All eight episodes feature plenty of sibling rivalry between Arthur and his little sister D.W. (Dora Winnifred for the uninitiated) that puts the pair in plenty of different situations including the arrival of Arthur and D.W.’s second sibling in ‘Arthur’s Baby,’ D.W. copy-cating Arthur in ‘D.W. The Copycat’ and a pre-summer showdown between Arthur and D.W. in ‘The Pageant Pickle.’

Arthur and D.W. are not the only Elwood residents featured in the series’ latest DVD release.  Sue Ellen learns a hard lesson about being careful what she wishes for in ‘Sue Ellen’s Little Sister,’ in which she gets tired of being an only child.  Arthur’s friend Francine and her sister go through some growing pains to which so many siblings can relate, too in ‘Francine Redecorates.’

As if all of that isn’t enough, everyone’s favorite troublesome twins, the Tribbles, get their own moment in the light in this compilation in ‘Two Minutes.’  When Timmy and Tommy discover which twin was born first, Timmy asks D.W. to help him solve, with quite the interesting result.

Between these episodes and the pairing of ‘D.W.’s Baby’ and ‘Arthur’s First Sleepover,’ Arthur: Brothers and Sisters offers families nearly two hours of animated entertainment.  The DVD will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.

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