‘Mr. Selfridge,’ ‘Inspector Lewis’ Full Series Sets On The Way Next Month

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS

PBS Distribution has announced it will release complete series sets from its hit import series Mr. Selfridge and Inspector Lewis next month.

Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series and Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis: The Complete Series will be released Tuesday October 8th.  Both full series sets will be released exclusively on DVD and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.

Based on the real life Harry Selfridge, Mr. Selfridge follows the meteoric rise of the American businessman in early 20th Century London and his equally shocking downfall.  The series starred actor Jeremy Piven (PCU, Entourage, Serendipity) as the groundbreaking, playboy entrepreneur.  He was joined by Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, After You’ve Gone, Ghosted), Tom Goodman-Hill (The Imitation Game, Everest, Humans), Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street, Happy Valley, The Night Manager) and Frances O’Connor (The Missing, Artificial Intelligence: AI, Bedazzled) among many other accomplished actors and actresses on screen throughout the series’ four-season run.

The Wall Street Journal called the series “A treasure box of tales about love, loss, ambition, and the spirit of a new age” in its first season.  In its second season, The Los Angeles Times lauded the series as “lush and lovely.” The New York Daily News said of the series in its third season “visually glorious.”

Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series will be spread across twelve discs and will retail for MSRP of $89.99.  It can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.

 

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS

Also being released on Tuesday, October 8th from PBS Distribution will be Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis: The Complete Series.

Finally after eight seasons, one of the most beloved crime dramas on British television—and one of PBS’ most beloved imports—has come to its end.  The series just recently finished off its eighth and final season and released Season Eight on DVD and Blu-ray.  Now thanks to PBS Distribution, fans of the long-running crime drama can own the entire series for themselves on DVD.

Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis follows Inspector Robert Lewis (Kevin Whately—The English Patient, Peak Practice, The Broker’s Man) as he steps out of the shadow of his mentor Inspector Morse.  Lewis is joined by his partner Detective Sergeant James Hathaway (Laurence Fox—Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Becoming Jane, Gosford Park) as he takes on some of the most brutal and mysterious cases that Oxford, England has seen.

Masterpiece Inspector Lewis: The Complete Series will be released Tuesday, October 8th.  It will be spread across 18 discs and will retail for MSRP of $99.99.  It can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.

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PBS Kids’ Latest ‘Wild Kratts’ Collection Will Educate And Entertain Audiences Of All Ages

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS/PBS Distribution

Chris and Martin Kratt are back again with yet another new collection of episodes from their hit PBS Kids series Wild Kratts in the form of Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles.  Released late last month, the new four-episode collection is another enjoyable presentation that audiences will find just as enjoyable and useful in the classroom as the living room.  That is due on part to the episodes that make up the body of the collection.  That will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are taught within each episode are just as important as the episodes themselves to the collection’s presentation.  The bonus material that is included with the collection rounds out its most important elements.  Each element plays its own part in the collection’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles proves to be, again, yet another enjoyable collection of Wild Kratts episodes whether in the classroom or the living room.

PBS Kids’ latest collection of Wild Kratts episodes is yet another enjoyable collection whether in the classroom or the living room.  It is a collection that elementary school science and biology teachers will find to be as effective of a teaching tool as parents would find it to be in the home.  That is due in part to the episodes that make up the body of the collection.  There are only four episodes featured in this collection.  But all four episodes follow the central theme presented in the collection’s title.  This is important to note because of the number of compilations from other companies out there whose episodes hardly follow the theme of their titles.  Believe it or not there are compilations out there that suffer greatly from that issue.  To be fair even PBS has released compilations that suffer from this problem.  It hasn’t happened a lot but it has happened.  Luckily though, that didn’t happen here. Rather, a different reptile was profiled in each episode complete with original story line to make the episodes even better.  These two elements, when combined, show why the episodes featured in this collection are so important to its presentation.  They are, collectively, just part of what makes the collection so enjoyable.  The lessons that are presented within each episode are just as important to the set as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that make up the body of PBS Kids’ new Wild Kratts compilation are in themselves hugely important to the set’s presentation.  That is because they each follow the collection’s main theme rather than deviating from that theme.  They are, collectively, just part of what makes the collection so enjoyable.  The lessons that are presented within each episode are just as key to the set as the episodes themselves.  That is thanks not just to the fact that each lesson is different from the others but because of how each lesson is presented.  “Crocogator Contest” is a prime example of this.  Audiences are taught the difference between crocodiles and alligators when Chris and Martin take part in a race to see which one—a crocodile or an alligator—would perform best against the other.  The episode points out the physical traits and even gait of each that separates the massive creatures from one another.  It’s a great way to both entertain and inform audiences.  Considering that few adults can tell the difference between the two, some older audiences might even find this episode enjoyable and informative, too considering this.  The set’s opening episode “The Gecko Effect” teaches viewers how geckos are able to stick to walls when the Kratt brothers have to keep the villainous Zach Varmitech from shrinking every animal in the world.  In “Rattlesnake Crystal” viewers learn about rattlesnakes’ sensory abilities and how they are used to help the snakes survive. The lesson is taught when the Tortgua runs low on power and is forced to crash-land in the Sonoran Desert. It’s up to Chris and Martin to find more tellurium crystals, the crystals that power the Tortuga so that the gang can get the ship running again.  Yet again, here is a story line that is entirely separate and original from the others.  The same applies with the other noted episodes and in the case of “Chameleons on Target.”  Simply put, the different lessons presented within each episode and the difference in the ways that they are presented prove to be just as important to this set’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  They are still not the only important elements to note in examining the collections presentation.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to examine as the set’s episodes and their associated lessons.

The episodes that are featured in PBS Kids’ new Wild Kratts DVD and their associated lessons are both undeniably important to the set’s presentation.  Each element is important for its own specific reason.  They are not the set’s only key elements, though.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to its presentation as its episodes and their lessons.  The bonus material is important to note because it comes in the form of two more lessons that are both fun and educational.  The first of the bonus lessons is directly associated with the featured episode “Rattlesnake Crystal.”  The lesson teaches children about how rattlesnakes use their rattles by having children make their own “rattlers.”  In this case they get to make homemade shakers.  So not only do kids get an extra biology lesson here but also the starting point in an elementary level music lesson, too.  The second of the bonus lessons teaches about the difference between reptile eggs and bird eggs.  On the surface it is a basic lesson.  On a much higher level, educators in higher education (believe it or not) could use this lesson in discussions on whether or not today’s birds are ancestors of ancient dinosaurs because of the difference in the species’ eggs.  That surprising lesson adds even more interest and importance to this lesson.  All things considered here, it is clear why this collection’s bonus material is so important to the set’s overall presentation.  When they are set alongside the set’s featured episodes and their associated lessons, all three episodes show undeniably why Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles is yet another set of Wild Kratts episodes that is just as fitting in the classroom as it is in the living room.

Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles is hardly the first ever collection of episodes to be released from the hit PBS Kids series.  It is, though another collection that parents and teachers alike will enjoy and appreciate.  That is due in part to the set’s featured episodes. All four episodes follow the set’s theme, which is set by its title.  The lessons that are featured within the episodes are each different from one another and different in how they are presented.  The bonus material that is included in the collection is just as important to note because of the extra lessons that it introduces.  Each element is obviously important in its own unique way.  All things considered, the noted elements make this collection, once again, yet another piece that will be just as welcome in the classroom as in the living room.  It is available now in stores and online, and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles is available online now along with all of the latest Wild Kratts news, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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‘NOVA: Vikings Unearthed’ Will Impress Audiences Of All Types

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Christopher Columbus was not the first person to reach America.  The Vikings discovered North America centuries before Columbus.  This is a fact that has been well-known for ages yet still seems to be ignored by so many people.  This has been known as a Viking settlement was found in Newfoundland as far back as the 1960s proving without a doubt that they reached “the new world” well before Columbus.  However, it might not have been the only Viking settlement in the region, as is revealed in a recent episode of PBS’ hit series NOVA.  This past July, PBS Distribution released NOVA: Vikings Unearthed on DVD.  The special two-hour episode, presented in partner with the BBC, follows researchers as they work to uncover what they believe may be a second Viking settlement in North America.  If it is indeed a settlement, it would be the first discovery of a Viking settlement in North America in more than fifty years.  The story that is presented in this extended episode of NOVA is the most important of its elements.  It will be discussed shortly.  The information that is presented throughout the story is just as important to note as the story itself.  It will be discussed later.  Last but hardly least of note in the program’s presentation is its pacing.  It is tied directly in to the program’s information and story and is, in turn, just as important as those elements.  Each element is important in its own right.  When they are assembled together, they make NOVA: Vikings Unearthed a program that audiences of all interests will enjoy.

NOVA: Vikings Unearthed is an episode of PBS’ hit history and science based series that audiences of all types will enjoy.  It is a program that students and lovers of history will enjoy just as much as students and lovers of archaeology and even anthropology.  That is because its story touches on all three sciences.  The story in question follows a group of researchers from The University of Alabama at Birmingham as they chase down what they believe could be a long-lost Viking settlement at Point Rosee.  Point Rosee is a location in Southwestern Newfoundland.  As a setup to the central story, the program provides an in-depth history of the Vikings and how they eventually became the infamous seafaring people that are known the world over today.  While the central story isn’t presented until later in the second half of the program, it is still fully engaging.  It leaves audiences engaged because of the surprises that are revealed in the group’s research.  Even up to the end, the answer is still not entirely conclusive.  That means that the program’s story still leaves plenty of room for discussion even after it ends.  Considering this and the story itself, the story forms a solid foundation for this episode of NOVA.  The story is by itself an important part of the episode’s presentation.  It is not the only key element to consider in examining the episode’s presentation.  The information that is presented within the story is just as important to the program’s presentation as its story.

The story at the center of NOVA: Vikings Unearthed is in itself a hugely important part of the program’s presentation.  That is because of its ability to keep audiences completely engaged throughout the course of its two-hour run time.  It is not the program’s only key element, though.  The information that is presented within the story is just as important to note in the program’s presentation as its story.  The in-depth background on how the Vikings became the feared seafaring raiders that the world knows of today is one of the most interesting pieces of information provided within the program’s story.  It explains how the Vikings went from living in the northern regions of Europe to eventually becoming the feared seafaring pillagers that the world knows of today.  It does this by explaining how the Vikings built their sturdy ships and expertly crafted their weapons.  This is just some of the interesting information presented within the program’s story.  Just as interesting to note is the revelation that the Vikings might not have in fact been the blonde-haired, blue-eyed warriors that have become the stereotype today.  The program reveals that many of the Vikings encountered early in their history were red-head, not just blondes or even brunettes.  That is such a surprise because of the stereotype of the Vikings being big, burly, dark-haired (and blonde) warriors.  The only redheaded Viking that most people know of is Erik the Red.  So the seeming prominence of the red-head gene among the Viking community is in itself an interesting revelation.  It is yet another key piece of information that is presented within the program’s story.  It is not the story’s only other key piece of information.  There is much more information that audiences will find interesting throughout the program.  When that other intriguing information is joined with the information noted here, the importance of the story’s overall information proves to be just as much as that of the story.  It still is not the last of the program’s important elements.  The program’s pacing is just as important as its story and its information.

The story at the center of NOVA: Vikings Unleashed and the information provided therein are both key pieces of the program’s overall presentation.  When they are coupled, they give audiences plenty of reason to view this episode of NOVA.  They are not the program’s only key elements.  The program’s pacing ties in to both its story and its companion information.  That is because the pacing of the information and the pacing of the story in whole is what determines the program’s ability to keep audiences engaged.  Audiences will be glad to see that between the program’s main story, its background story, and all other elements, the pacing remains relatively stable from one segment to the next.  The end result is a program that, despite being two hours without any real segment breaks, is still very well-balanced in its pacing from beginning to end.  In maintaining their engagement, viewers will agree that it works with the program’s story and information to make the program in whole another wholly enjoyable episode of NOVA.  It is an episode that audiences of all types will enjoy.

NOVA: Vikings Unearthed is a program that audiences of all types will enjoy.  Those audiences include lovers and students of history, archaeology, and anthropology.  That is due to the program’s central story, the story’s companion information, and the balance of the pacing throughout it all.  There is no denying the importance that each element presents to the program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make this episode of NOVA another enjoyable installment of PBS’ hit science and history based series.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution To Release ‘Nazi Mega Weapons: Season 3’ On DVD Next Month

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution has announced the home release date for the third season of its WWII-based series Nazi Mega Weapons.

Nazi Mega Weapons will be released on DVD Tuesday, September 13th. The latest installment of episodes from the series, Season Three focuses on the Blitzkrieg, Hitler’s mountain powerhouse topped with what has come to be known as The Eagle’s Nest, U-Boat Type 21 and the Nazi fortifications of the Channel Islands.  That is all just in the season’s first disc.

The set’s second disc expands beyond Hitler’s mega weapons and into the weapons used by the Japanese military including the battleship Yamato and the Tunnels of Okinawa.

Nazi Mega Weapons: Season Three runs 360 minutes (6 hours) and is spread across two discs.  It will retail for MSRP of $34.99 and 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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‘SOTD: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings’ Is Another Enjoyable Discovery From PBS

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The ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan has for centuries been a source of mystery and intrigue for people around the world.  That is because of how little has been known about the city including how it came to be built, its people and their culture and even what happened to the people who once called it home.  That was until 2003 when a rainstorm revealed a long-hidden tunnel that some surprising finds.  Late last month PBS presented a new episode of its hit history based series Secrets of the Dead that was centered on that find in Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings.  Now audiences can own that episode for themselves on DVD.  There is a lot to appreciate about this DVD beginning with the story at the episode’s center.  The information that is provided within the story is just as important to note as the story.  It is just another of the program’s most important elements.  The footage that is used in order to tell the story rounds out its most important elements.  It brings the program’s presentation full circle and shows together with those previously noted elements why this episode of Secrets of the Dead is yet another enjoyable experience for educators and history buffs alike.

Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings is yet another enjoyable installment of PBS’ hit history-based series Secrets of the Dead. This is proven in part through the story presented at the heart of the episode.  The story at the heart of the episode follows archaeologist Sergio Gomez as he searches long-hidden tunnel that lies below the Temple of the Plumed Serpent.  The tunnel was discovered after heavy rains uncovered it in 2003.  As Gomez and his team of researchers dig through the site, surprising theories and revelations are made about not just the tunnel and the temple under which it runs but also about the city and its history.  The theories and revelations come from evidence uncovered in the operation including what looks like a hand print that had long been preserved and stones found at the heart of the tunnel among other items.  Throughout it all the ancient city and its central temple are put in a whole new light thanks to the story.  It is thanks to all of this that the episode’s central story will keep audiences of all ages engaged and informed from beginning to end.  Of course even as informative and engaging as the story proves to be in the long run, it is just one part of what makes this episode of Secrets of the Dead so enjoyable.  The information that is shared throughout the course of the episode is just as important to its presentation as its story.

There is no question that the story at the center of Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings is an important part of the episode’s presentation in its new home release.  The episode’s central story is just one part of what makes this episode so enjoyable.  The information that is included in the story is just as important to its presentation as its story.  The most important information presented in the episode is the factual historical information.  That information includes not just the city’s (and temple’s) known history but also the theories and revelations made through the group’s work.  Among that material is the belief that the ancient city was built by people who came from its surrounding areas.  It is theorized that the very first people to settle the city did so after fleeing their own former homes, which were destroyed by a volcano.  As the city grew and thrived, it is said that it grew outward, with its growth even being compared to that of Rome. That comparison comes from the belief that the city’s people spread out into its surrounding regions and conquered those regions, thus expanding its empire.  Perhaps most intriguing of the provided information is the belief of how the city met its end so to speak.  It is speculated by researchers that a natural disaster dramatically impacted the area and that the city was unable to fully recover from that disaster, thus leading its inhabitants to simply leave the city and search for a safer area.   This is so interesting to learn because of the belief that the city’s original inhabitants had themselves ironically fled another natural disaster before founding Teotihuacan.  These are just some of the interesting pieces of information that are shared over the course of the program.  There is much for audiences to take in over the course of its roughly hour-long run time.  They will discover it all when they order the DVD themselves via PBS’ online store.

Both the story at the center of Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings and its information are key elements in the program’s presentation.  The pair works hand in hand to make this episode of Secrets of the Dead well worth the watch both by educators and history buffs alike.  They are not the program’s only key elements.  The footage that is used to help tell the city’s story rounds out the episode’s most important elements.  It brings the presentation full circle. The footage that is used throughout the episode includes both actual footage of the dig and computer animations to help tell the episode’s story.  There are even some re-enactments that are incorporated into the story alongside the dig footage and computer animations.  Audiences will be glad to see that throughout the course of the movie all of these elements are expertly balanced.  No one piece of footage is ever used more than another at any one point in the story.  Each piece of footage is used at just the right moment and in just the right way.  The end result is a story that is just as visually entertaining as it is educational and informative.  When that balanced footage is set against the episode’s central story and the information provided through the story, all three elements work together to make the episode in whole, again, well worth the watch among educators and history buffs alike.  They combine to make Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings one more of 2016’s top new documentaries.

Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings is yet another impressive episode of PBS’ hit history-based series Secrets of the Dead.  It is also one more of 2016’s top new documentaries.  That is proven in part through the story at the heart of the episode.  The story focuses not just on the legendary city’s history but also uses actual evidence to make educational theories about the city’s foundation and the fate of its people.  It doesn’t even try to tackle the countless conspiracy theories that abound in regards to both topics.  Audiences will be especially appreciative of that.  Speaking of those conspiracy theories (and the lack thereof), the information that is provided throughout the course of the story adds to the episode’s interest.  The information presented includes factual information, educated hypotheses, and revelations made via physical evidence.  There are no conspiracy theories to be heard at any point.  That makes the program all the more engaging.  The footage that is used throughout the program is just as well-balanced as the episode’s information and story in general.  All three elements work together seamlessly to make this episode of Secrets of the Dead wholly engaging and entertaining for educators and history buffs alike.  It is available online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of Secrets of the Dead is available online now at:

 

 

 

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‘ATK: Season 16’ Is Yet Another Enjoyable Run From One Of TV’s Top Cooking Shows

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution

Late last year Chris Kimball, host of PBS’ hit cooking show America’s Test Kitchen bid adieu to the show that he had helmed for so many years.  Though, it was announced not long after that he would continue to host the show on the radio.  Adding to that announcement, it was also recently revealed that he has his own new program titled Milk Street Kitchen that will premiere this fall on PBS stations nationwide.  While fans wait for his return to television they can enjoy his final season on America’s Test Kitchen in the form of the recently released America’s Test Kitchen: Season 16.  This latest installment of the standout series offers just as much to appreciate as was presented in the home releases of its previous seasons if not more beginning with its dishes.  That will be discussed shortly.  The extra segments included in the season are just as important to note of the set’s presentation as the meals that are made in each episode.  The bonus printable recipes round out the season’s most important elements and bring everything full circle in this season.  Each element is important in its own right.  Collectively, they make this season of America’s Test Kitchen yet another enjoyable run for the show and a fond farewell for Kimball from a show that he helped build.

America’s Test Kitchen: Season 16 is yet another enjoyable run for a show that is one of television’s elite cooking programs.  It is also a fond farewell for long-time host Chris Kimball.  That is due in part to the dishes that are presented throughout the course of the program’s twenty-six episodes.  There are dishes for singles, couples, and families alike.  Regardless of where one falls into one of those categories, the dishes presented throughout this season can be made on a weeknight or a weekend.  There are even meals made just for vegetarians including black bean burgers ad super greens soup with Lemon –tarragon cream.  The weekend dishes include the likes of Ultimate charcoal-grilled steaks, sweet and tangy grilled country-style pork ribs, and roast rack of lamb.  The easy, weeknight meals featured in this season include Sausage meatballs and spaghetti, tagliatelle with prosciutto and peas, and Japanese-style stir-fried noodles with beef among many others.  There are even some really tasty desserts that could be made just as easily on a weeknight included in this season.  The dishes are accompanied by Kimball’s familiar “cooking chemistry” lessons are there to help audiences understand the importance of what goes into making each dish.  He explains once again the importance of each element and even the history of the meals and cooking methods.  It gives each episode a richer presentation.  Between the variety of meals and the educational material presented within each episode, the whole of the episodes becomes clearly key to the season’s presentation.  That whole is just one of the key elements to consider in this season’s presentation.  The companion segments that are featured throughout are just as pivotal to the season’s presentation as its episodes and their overall content.

The meals and material presented throughout each of Season 16’s episodes are important in their own right to the season’s new home presentation.  Even as important as they are to the season’s presentation they are not its only collectively key portions of its presentation.  The companion segments that once again come with the show are just as important to note as the meals and their educational information.  The familiar taste test segments are there as are the kitchen equipment segments.  But this season has seen an expansion of those segments.  There is now a second equipment feature this season as well as a “Letters to the Editor” segment, too.  One can only guess why the shows heads decided to expand the presence of its companion segments in this season.  That is beside the point.  The “Letters to the Editor” adds its own interest with its viewer questions.  One viewer question asks whether a person should wait for a pot of coffee to finish brewing before pouring that first cup.  Kimball’s response is a frank “yes.”  He notes that the first cup of coffee that is poured from a fully brewed pot of coffee is eight times stronger than any other cup that is poured after.  So that should give plenty of motivation (especially in a family) to be the one to get that first cup of joe.  There are lots of other interesting letters presented in this new feature.  Audiences will find their favorites for themselves when they purchase this season for themselves.  The same applies to the extra gadget segments and the familiar taste testing segments, too.  All in all, the companion segments that are featured in this season of ATK are just as important to its presentation as the meals and their educational information.  When all of that is set side by side the bigger picture painted of Season 16 is one that shows just why Season 16 is yet another enjoyable run from one of television’s top cooking shows.

The meals that are presented throughout the 16th season of ATK and their educational material, and the episodes’ companion segments are each important in their own way to the whole of its home release.  Altogether they make Season 16 yet another enjoyable run from one of TV’s top cooking shows.  They also make this season a fond farewell for host Chris Kimball.  They are not the set’s only important elements.  The bonus printable recipes that come with the season round out the season’s presentation, bringing the whole thing full circle.  Just as with the series’ previous seasons this season also comes complete with printable recipes for each and every meal featured in this season.  So those viewers who might be making their own personal cookbooks (whether from this series’ recipes, other recipes, or even a combination of sources) have plenty more options here from which to choose and develop those cookbooks even more.  They are presented in easy to access .pdf files.  There’s no having to download some app or anything else.  Viewers just put the discs in their computers’ DVD drives (for those who still have computers with said drives) and they can instantly access those recipes.  It is that easy.  The recipes join with the season’s meals and information, and the episodes’ companion segments to complete the set’s viewing experience.  That overall enjoyable viewing experience reveals the season’s home presentation to, once again, be yet another enjoyable run from a show that is one of television’s top cooking shows.

The 16th season of PBS’ America’s Test Kitchen is one more enjoyable run from a series that is one of television’s top cooking shows.  That is evident in large part through the meals that make up the main body of the season’s twenty-six episodes.  The dishes are delectable and fitting for any night of the week.  They are also fitting for singles, couples, and even families.  The familiar educational information provided in each episode makes the episodes all the more enjoyable.  The companion segments that come with each episode are just as familiar as that noted educational material.  What’s important to note of those segments is that there are even more of them this season than in previous seasons.  So audiences get even more extra information this season than ever before.  The bonus printable recipes featured in this season round out its presentation and bring that presentation full circle.  They allow cooks at home to build their own personal cookbooks even more and try their hand at the featured meals at their own leisure.  Each element is important in its own right to the whole of America’s Test Kitchen in its 16th season.  All things considered they make America’s Test Kitchen: Season 16 yet another enjoyable run from one of television’s top cooking shows and an equally fond farewell for host Chris Kimball.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on Season 16 is available online along with all of the series’ latest news at:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ New ‘Peg + Cat’ DVD Is In Fact Another “Out Of This World” Collection

Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS Kids/PBS

Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS Kids/PBS

School is currently out for most students across the country.  But even with children being out on vacation, it is never too soon to instill a little education with their summer fun.  That’s where PBS Kids comes into play.  PBS Kids has already released a handful of family friendly DVDs that will both entertain and educate audiences of all ages this summer.  Earlier this month it released yet another new family friendly offering in the form of Peg + Cat’s new DVD Out Of This World.  This latest offering from the award-winning series is much smaller than its predecessors.  But it still offers plenty to be appreciated beginning with its featured stories.  That will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are contained therein are just as important to note in the collection’s bigger picture as the stories in which the lessons are presented.  The bonus material that is included in the set rounds out the collection’s most important elements.  It brings everything full circle here and shows together with the featured stories and lessons why the DVD is, in whole yet a rather aptly titled collection.

Peg + Cat: Out Of This World is an aptly titled new collection from the award-winning PBS Kids series.  That is because it proves in whole that it is in fact an out of this world set, even as small as it may be.  This is proven in part through the stories that make up the main body of the disc.  Unlike previous Peg + Cat DVD collections, this one is much smaller than its predecessors in regards to its stories.  It features only for stories, whereas the majority of its predecessors feature twice that number.  Not every collection does.  But the majority of those collections do double up on that story count.  Even featuring only four episodes it still doesn’t detract from the collection.  That is because the stories are original and also interconnected.  Each story sees Peg and her furry, blue friend visiting their alien pal Richard, who lives on the purple planet for different reasons.  “The Doohickey Problem” sees Peg and Cat having to fix their rocket ship because it has broken.  And it is up to Richard to help them.  The duo visits him yet again in “The Long Line Problem” as he waits to get the latest new yellow gadget.  This is an especially funny episode for parents because it is obvious that the writers were poking fun at Apple and the people who wait so rabidly for the latest new Apple gadget even if they don’t know entirely what it does.  In “Richard The Third” Peg and Cat have to help motivate Richard as he competes with his siblings (who just happen to also be named Richard).  The story plays on the practice of people being called “the first,” the second,” and so on.  The set’s final episode “The T-Ball Problem” joins Richard with Peg and Cats T-Ball team in order to take on another team for the purple planet’s “world series.”  It’s a fitting way to not only entertain and educate young audiences (and even some older audiences thanks to its lesson) but also build hype over MLB’s road to the “second season” now that said annual road is being paved once again.  All four stories have their own identity separate from the others.  But they are all connected by one underlying thread—that of Peg and Cat’s visits with Richard.  The fact that the people at PBS Kids and PBS Distribution were able to connect all four episodes together all while maintaining the episodes’ identities is impressive in its own right.  It shows again that while the set boasts only four stories, they are still four stories that will keep audiences of all ages entertained and educated from beginning to end.  The stories are collectively just part of what makes this latest collection of Peg + Cat episodes so enjoyable.  The lessons that are tied into the stories are just as important to note as the stories that are featured within each episode.

The stories that make up the main body of Peg + Cat: Out Of This World are in their own right hugely important to the DVD’s overall presentation.  That is because each story has its own identity yet is connected to the others by the central thread of Peg and Cat visiting Richard in each story.  The balance presented therein makes the stories their own clearly important part to the disc’s presentation.  The lessons that are tied into each story are just as important to the collection’s presentation as the stories themselves.  The lessons presented here are not just the standard math lessons either.  The value of teamwork is taught alongside elementary level counting skills in “The Doohickkey Problem.”  “Richard The Third” presents an equally lesson about self-confidence and sense of self alongside its own elementary counting lesson.  “The Long Line Problem” and “The T-Ball Problem” are the only stories presented here that focus primarily on math.  The prior teaches a basic lesson about ordinal numbers while the latter presets a basic lesson about statistics.  Whether for the math lessons, the more personal lessons, or for both, it can be said that the lessons in whole add their own element to the collection.  It clearly shows that continued effort by The Fred Rogers Company to instill that sense of self among audiences (and do so in a way that doesn’t exactly mirror the lessons from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) all while also teaching valuable lessons, proving the importance of math in everyday life on a level that makes that importance accessible by younger audiences.  There is no denying the impact that this balance of education (both socially and in terms of math) plays in the bigger picture of this collection.  Together with the set’s featured episodes the two elements strengthen the DVD’s presentation even more.  They still are not its only important elements.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to note as the set’s featured stories and their related lessons.

The stories that make up the main body of PBS Kids’ new Peg + Cat collection are undeniably important to the collection’s presentation.  The social and mathematical lessons that are tied into the episodes are just as important to its collection as the stories themselves.  They are not the collection’s only important elements, though.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to the collection’s presentation as its stories and lessons.  That is because the bonus material is made up of lessons that drive home the concepts presented within each of the stories and lessons.  They encourage parents and teachers to work with children in order to drive home those lessons, too.  “Monster Math” is one of those bonuses.  It drives home the basic counting lesson presented in “The Doohickey Problem” and “Richard The Third” by having an adult work with a child to build a “monster”–much like the one on the purple planet, who loves all things yellow—out of an empty tissue box and construction paper.  The adult then cuts up the construction paper even more, putting numbers on each piece before giving those pieces to the child.  From there, the adult calls out the numbers for the child to find and then feed to the monster.

“Triple Addition” is another of the set’s bonus features.  It, too echoes the basic counting lesson presented in “The Doohickey Problem.”  It does so by having children and parents find household items in order to make their own patterns.  The suggested items include candy (to make the lesson educational and tasty), pasta (in its various forms), and different colored and shaped blocks just to name a few.  Parents and children can use those suggestions or find their own items.  Over time parents and children can build pattern recognition skills using any number and type of items.

“Marble Mayhem” is the last of the bonuses included in the set.  This bonus lesson uses dice, marbles, (or whatever item parents and children choose) and a cup.  It is a multi-player game that teaches counting skills by having children roll the dice and put the matching number of marbles into their respective cups.  The first child to fill his or her cup wins the game.  As is noted in the activity, younger children can use just one die while older children can use a pair of dice.  It is a simple game that is sure to entertain and educate any child.  That is not to discount “Triple Addition” or “Monster Math” either.  All three bonus activities offers its own education and entertainment for the whole family.   Those bonus activities couple with the set’s stories and their associated lessons to make this collection in whole yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  They come together to make it a collection that truly is “out of this world” whether used in the classroom or the living room.

Peg + Cat: Out Of This World is yet another impressive collection from the award-winning PBS Kids series.  It is another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library that is in fact rather aptly titled.  That is due in part to the interconnected stories which make up the body of the DVD’s presentation.  The lessons that are tied into each story are just as important to note as the stories themselves in noting what makes the DVD so impressive.  The bonus activities that are included with the collection round out its most important elements and bring everything full circle.  They join with the set’s stories and their associated lessons to ensure children’s (and even adults’) entertainment and education from beginning to end, proving again why this set is so “out of this world.”  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 online now along with lots more Peg + Cat activities, games, printables and more at:

 

 

 

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