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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‘SOTD: Nero’s Sunken City’ Is A Splash Hit

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Early last month, Public Media Distribution released a new episode of its hit history-based series Secrets of the Dead that examines what is one of the world’s great lost cities in Secrets of the Dead: Nero’s Sunken City.  Now, it isn’t Atlantis.  This city is one that actually did exist.  It is the lost city of Baiae, a city that has been considered by many to be the Las Vegas of the ancient world. What happened in Baiae stayed in Baiae, as is noted in the program.  This nearly hour-long is a program that will appeal to students and lovers of archaeology and anthropology.  That is due in no small part to the story at the program’s heart.  The re-enactments used to help tell the story are just as important to note as the story itself in examining this program’s overall presentation.  The program’s pacing round out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the program’s presentation, as will be pointed out.  All things considered, they make Secrets of the Dead: Nero’s Sunken City a program that history buffs in general will appreciate just as much as those who have an interest in archaeology and anthropology.

Secrets of the Dead: Nero’s Sunken City is a program that will appeal to history buffs in general as well as students and lovers of archaeology and anthropology.  That is due in part to the story at the program’s heart.  The story follows researchers as they examine the infamous city’s history and how roughly half of the city ended up beneath the waves. The city’s history includes the story of one of the world’s most nefarious rulers, Nero.  As the story reveals, it was at Baiae that Nero allegedly killed not only his aunt but his own mother, too just so that he could take their villas, which were located in Baiae.  It was also in Baiae that other Roman politicians came to take part in rather decadent and sometimes taboo activities.  Many of the political schemes that rocked Rome were also planned at Baiae.  The story of those activities, plans and of Nero’s own heinous actions is collectively eye-opening to say the very least.  The story of how the city nearly vanished thanks to volcanic activity (and how that same activity is in fact slowly bringing the city closer to the water’s surface) is in itself interesting.  As if all of that is not enough, viewers also learn of the seafood dishes that were once created at Baiae through the story.  Those same dishes are still made by residents of the region today. Keeping all of this in mind, it becomes clear why the story at the center of SOTD: Nero’s Sunken City is so pivotal to the program’s overall presentation.  When people think of sunken cities, minds automatically go to Atlantis, not Baiae.  That being the case, this story takes viewers to a real sunken city; one whose story is just as interesting as that of the fabled Atlantis if not more so.  The story at the center of this episode of SOTD is only one of the elements that makes the program stand out.  The re-enactments that are used to help tell the story are important in their own, collective, way to the program’s presentation.

The story at the center of SOTD: Nero’s Sunken City is in itself plenty of reason for audiences to watch this program.  The story will appeal not only to history buffs in general but to students and lovers of archaeology, anthropology and even geology.  It is the story of a sunken city that is nowhere near as talked about as that of the fabled city of Atlantis, which may or may not even exist.  Baiae does exist.  That makes this story even more interesting.  The story here is only one part of what makes this program so interesting.  The re-enactments that are used to help tell Baiae’s story are collectively just as important to discuss as the program’s central story.  The re-enactments are so important to note because of their minimal usage.  Audiences do get to see a man portraying Nero as the discussions turn to him.  But the extent of what audiences get is basically that of the actor walking around.  Even as the story turns to the discussions of Nero’s heinous alleged acts of murder, audiences will be glad to know that there is no unnecessary gory re-enactment.  Those behind the program’s production are to be commended for the common sense of not going there.  Other networks clearly would have no problem going that route.  So it is good to see that those behind this engaging PBS program opted to take the high road.  Between that and the balance of the re-enactments to the live action footage, audiences get in the program’s visual experience an element that sits atop the foundation formed by the program’s story, strengthening it even more.  While the re-enactments (or the general lack thereof) serve to enhance the program’s presentation even more, they are not the last of its most important elements.  The program’s pacing rounds out its most important elements.

The story at the center of SOTD: Nero’s Sunken City and the minimally used re-enactments used to help tell that story are both key to the program’s overall presentation.  While each element is important in its own right to the program’ presentation–as has been pointed out–the two are not the program’s only key elements.  The program’s pacing rounds out its most important elements.  From start to finish, the program’s pacing never moves too fast or slow.  Each segment gets its own share of time, and the information shared in each segment never gets so in-depth that everyday audiences will feel lost.  That being the case, audiences will find themselves feeling like the program progresses with ease, not even being moved to check their watches (or cell phones) for the time.  That is a testament to the manner in which the program was assembled.  It makes the program’s pacing feel wholly natural, in turn ensuring even more audiences’ maintained engagement.  When this is taken into consideration with the program’s story and the re-enactments used to tell the story (alongside the live action footage), the whole of these three elements makes SOTD: Nero’s Sunken City another enjoyable edition of Secrets of the Dead.

Secrets of the Dead: Nero’s Sunken City is yet another example of what makes Secrets of the Dead one of the best history-based series on television today.  It also is more proof of the importance of public broadcasting to the world.  It offers an original story that will educate and surprise audiences at the same time. The balance of the program’s re-enactments and live action material adds even more interest to the program.  The program’s pacing puts the final touch to the program.  Each element is important in its own right to the program’s whole.  All things considered, they make this episode of Secrets of the Dead more proof of why it is not *ahem* secret why Secrets of the Dead is one of the best history-based programs on television today.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct 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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PBS Heads To Brazil For New ‘Nature’ Episode

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PBS is taking audiences to South America next month with the second of tow new episodes of its hit wildlife series Nature.

Nature: Hotel Armadillo will be released Tuesday, June 20 exclusively on DVD.  The program takes audiences on a journey to Brazil’s remote 80,000+ square foot Pantanal wet land in search of the elusive Giant Armadillo.

Very little is known about the solitary, nocturnal creature.  That is why the conservation biologist Arnaud Desbiez and members of the Giant Armadillo Project, which is supported by more than 40 zoos and aquariums worldwide, set out to find the animals.

Desbiez and company took specialized equipment on their journey to capture pictures and footage of the giant armadillo in its natural habitat, and learn much more than they ever expected in the process.  They discover once the armadillo vacates its burrow, which can be as deep as 20-feet, the burrow is used for both food and shelter by any number of other animals.

Along with the discovery of the semi-symbiotic relationship between the giant armadillo and other animals, the research team also discovers the armadillo’s wide home range.  It also presents a serious man-made danger facing the creature, which plays such a crucial part in Pantanal’s ecosystem—ranchers who burn the area to promote vegetative growth.

The DVD’s run time is approximately one hour. It will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of Nature is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Taking Audiences To Austria In New Episode Of ‘Nature’

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This summer, PBS is taking audiences on a trip into the Austrian wilds in a new episode of its hit wildlife series Nature.

Public Media Distribution will release Nature: Forest of the Lynx Tuesday, June 20.  The program, which will be available exclusively on DVD, follows two female Lynxes in Austria’s Kalkalpen National Park in two separate situations.  One works to survive on its own while the other works to prepare her young for life in the park.

They two Lynxes are not the only animals featured in this program, despite its title.  Audiences also follow a white-backed woodpecker and a pygmy owl as they go about their daily lives in the park, and even follows the life cycle of trees in the park along the way, too.

Nature: Forest of the Lynx will retail for MSRP of $24.99 but can be pre-ordered online now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of Nature is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS’ New Da Vinci Doc Paints An Interesting New Picture Of Leonardo

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Leonard Da Vinci is considered around the world to be one of the most important figures in the realms of art and science.  His paintings are revered as masterpieces.  His inventions are said to be creations of a genius mind.  However his inventions may in fact not be entirely his as is argued in a new episode of PBS’ hit history-based series Secrets of the DeadSecrets of the Dead: Leonardo The Man Who Saved Science, released on DVD early this month, examines the reality of Da Vinci’s contributions to the scientific community.  That reality is the most important part of the program’s presentation.  It will be discussed shortly.  The re-enactments used to help tell Da Vinci’s story are important in their own right to the program’s whole.  They will be discussed later.  The program’s pacing rounds out its most important elements.  Each item is important in its own right to the program’s whole.  All things considered, they make Leonardo – The Man Who Saved Science a secret worth sharing with lovers and students of science of all ages.

Secretes of the Dead: LeonardoThe Man Who Saved Science is a secret that should be shared with lovers and students of science of all ages.  Released earlier this month on DVD, it paints a picture of Da Vinci (yes, that awful pun was fully intended) that is rarely shown.  It uses new information found in Da Vinci’s own journals to reveal that inventions previously thought to be Da Vinci’s own creations likely were not entirely his.  Rather the program reveals Da Vinci likely took designs from other sources and enhanced them with his own specs.  Those designs included designs for the parachute, the tank and even catapult among so many other inventions.  This is such an intriguing revelation because Da Vinci has been considered a scientific genius responsible for so many of the world’s advances for centuries.  This revelation shows that while he obviously was a smart man, he might not have in fact been the full-on genius that he was previously thought to be.  That is not meant to mean he was not smart.  He clearly was very intelligent.  But the level of his contributions to the scientific community definitely needs to be re-evaluated as is evidenced in this program.  Interestingly enough, the changes that he seemingly made to the pre-existing designs is something that is done in companies worldwide to this day.  To that end, one could argue that Da Vinci’s approach is the model for so many major companies’ employees today.  To that end, one could argue that Da Vinci was a ground breaker in that avenue.  Keeping in mind all of this, the story at the center of this program and its related information ultimately proves to be the program’s most critical element.  It is just one of the program’s key elements.  The re-enactments used to tell the story are collectively just as important to its presentation as the story itself.

The story at the center of SOTD: Leonard The Man Who Saved Science is the cornerstone of the program’s overall presentation.  It sheds new light on Da Vinci and his contributions to the scientific community.  While clearly important to the program’s presentation, it is only one of the program’s key elements.  The re-enactments used to help tell the story are just as important as the story to the program’s presentation.  That is because they provide a full visual aid for audiences.  It serves to entertain audiences, much like so many other episodes of PBS’ hit series, at the same time that they are being educated.  The re-enactments are once again on the same level as those presented in the documentaries that once made History Channel so respected.  Audiences will enjoy seeing Da Vinci try to convince his assistant take a giant leap of faith with his parachute design early on in the program.  They will enjoy just as much, seeing the wheels spinning in his head as he examined another man’s plans as a young man, thinking how he could improve on them and watching him work on the designs throughout his life.  Between these and other moments, the re-enactments that are used throughout the course of this program add to the depth generated through the story.  They truly do make the story just as entertaining as it is educational.  To that end, they help make the program a success just as much as the program’s central story.  It is not the last of the program’s most important elements, either.  The program’s pacing rounds out its most important elements.

The story at the heart of SOTD: Leonardo The Man Who Saved Science and the re-enactments used to help tell that story are both important parts of the program’s whole.  That has been made clear in the discussions already noted here.  They are not its only important elements, though.  The program’s pacing is just as important to its whole as those previously discussed elements.  The nearly hour-long program’s pacing is to be applauded as it remains stable from start to finish.  It would have been very easy for the program to get muddled at so many points in the discussion on Da Vinci’s contributions to the scientific community.  The same applies to the discussions on his personal life, as it does focus on that aspect of his life, too.  Instead of letting that happen, it never allows itself to get stuck on either aspect.  This is important to note because that expert balance keeps the program moving forward solidly from start to finish.  The result is a program that will keep audiences engaged and entertained the entire time.  That maintained engagement and entertainment ensures even more retention of the material presented throughout and in turn assures even more audiences’ appreciation for the program.  That appreciation will lead audiences to agree once more that the program in whole is its own enjoyable addition to this year’s crop of new documentaries.

Secrets of the Dead: Leonardo The Man Who Saved Science is an interesting and entertaining new look at the life and work of Leonardo Da Vinci.  It shows an important part of Da Vinci’s story that has rarely, if ever, been shown.  The re-enactments used to tell that important story deepen the story even more.  The solid pacing from start to finish puts the finishing touch to the program’s presentation.  Each element is important in its own right, as has been already been discussed.  All things considered, they make this episode of Secrets of the Dead its own enjoyable addition to this year’s crop of new documentaries.  It is available now and can be ordered direct online via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of SOTD is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Stories, Segmentation, Songs Make New ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ DVD A Success

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Summer is right around the corner and so is summer break.  That means families across the country will soon be looking for ways to keep their children entertained if they haven’t already done so.  Luckily, PBS Kids and Public Media Distribution have just the answer – a brand new DVD that takes Daniel Tiger and his parents on a family trip.  Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip will be released May 16 in stores and online, and there is plenty for the whole family to appreciate about this new release whether going on their own family trips this summer or not beginning with the DVD’s main story and its segmentation.  The lessons tied into the main story (and its companion episodes) are important to note too in examining the DVD’s overall presentation.  The songs, while they may not seem overly important, are in fact important in their own right to the DVD’s presentation, too.  Each element is important in its own right.  Altogether, they make Tiger Family Trip a visual trip that audiences of all ages will enjoy.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip is a visual trip that audiences of all ages will enjoy.  This applies whether families are going on their own family trips this summer or not.  This is proven first and foremost through the DVD’s main story and its related segmentation.  The story follows Daniel and his family as they take a trip on Trolley to see Granpere, Daniel’s grandfather.  This is the kind of trip that is common during summer vacations, so it is fitting that it is being presented to home audiences in that exact time of year.  On a related note, the story’s companion episodes, which see Daniel and company visit a carnival, a butterfly garden and setting up a lemonade stand, are also very summer-themed stories.  They will just as certainly entertain families this summer.  They could even inspire families to take their own summer adventures to do the same kind of things.  Considering this, the DVD’s main story and its companion stories prove to be key pieces of the DVD’s presentation.

The story at the center of Tiger Family Trip is just one part of what makes that main feature so enjoyable.  It is just one part of what makes the DVD’s presentation a success.  The story’s segmentation adds even more depth to that presentation.  Audiences will note that the main story is broken up into four distinct segments, each of which clocks in at roughly 10 to 11 minutes long.  This might not seem like much on the surface, but in reality it is highly important.  That is because those short run-time ensure even more young viewers’ engagement.  If those behind the program had presented this story in one full presentation, odds are it might not have kept those same audiences engaged.  To that end, the main story’s segmentation proves to be just as pivotal to the DVD’s presentation as the story itself.

The story at the center of Tiger Family Trip’s main feature and its segmentation are both key features to said story.  The story is a work that is relevant to families of all types.  Its segmentation ensures young audiences’ engagement from beginning to end.  The lessons that are tied into the story are just as important to note in examining this DVD’s presentation as the story and its segmentation. Audiences will note that the show’s writers incorporated some familiar lessons into this original story.  Those familiar lessons include one about not waiting to use the bathroom, properly expressing one’s feelings and talking about them and other items.  The companion episodes present their own familiar lessons about trying things that are hard or maybe scary to a certain point.  As with the story’s segmentation, this might not seem overly important, but the opposite is the reality.  The fact that the writers could so effectively incorporate such familiar lessons into new scenarios yet again shows a lot of time and thought was put into their use.  The writers are to be commended for taking such time to consider this in creating the DVD’s main story.  That is not all for which they are to be commended.  The story’s musical numbers are important in their own right, too to the DVD’s presentation.

The story at the center of Tiger Family Trip, its segmentation and lessons are all key elements to discuss in examining this new DTN DVD. As has been noted, each element plays its own pivotal part in the DVD’s presentation.  They are only some of its key elements, too.  The songs that are incorporated into the story are just as important to discuss as the previously noted elements, believe it or not.  From rockabilly to light pop and in-between, the writers crafted a variety of songs that will entertain audiences of all tastes regardless of age.  This, like the story’s segmentation and lessons shows its own share of thought, too.  It shows a clear attempt by the show’s writers and creative forces to reach as many audiences as possible even through an element as minute as music.  Such consideration is just as worthy of applause as that used in developing the story, its segmentation and lessons.  When all three of these elements are joined, they make Tiger Family Trip a presentation that will entertain any family regardless of whether or not families are going on their own vacations.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip is an enjoyable new offering of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit animated series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  It is a collection of episodes that families will enjoy regardless of whether or not they are going on their own vacations.  That is due in part to the fact that it boasts yet another set of new stories that are expertly segmented and that feature some familiar lessons that are expertly placed in each story.  The songs that are incorporated into each story will reach audiences of all ages and tastes, too.  Each element is important in its own right to the DVD’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make this DVD a visual trip that every family will enjoy regardless of whether or not families are going on their own vacations this summer.  It could even motivate families to go on some new family outings be it a road trip or something closer to home.  It will be available in stores and online May 16 and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD is available online now along with lots of activities, games  and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS “Dives” Into History In New Episode Of “SOTD”

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PBS is taking audiences below the waves in a new episode of its hit history-based series Secrets of the Dead.

Public Media Distribution will release Secrets of the Dead: Nero’s Sunken City on DVD Tuesday, May 9.  This new installment of SOTD follows a group of archaeologists as they investigate the ancient city of Baiea.

The investigation isn’t all easy, though, as more than half of the city sits submerged beneath the Bay of Naples. The submerged ruins are three times the size of those found at Pompeii.  The investigations found roads, brick walls, villas with marble floors and mosaics as well as elaborate spas and more.

The once great city was the personal playground of Rome’s elite class in its heyday.  Now centuries after it was overtaken by the sea, archaeologists set out to find out what led to the city’s disappearance, what once made it such a thriving location and what actually happened in the city.

Secrets of the Dead: Nero’s Sunken City will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  Audiences can see a trailer for this episode of SOTD online now here.

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