Virgil Films To Release New ‘Back To The Future’ Documentary Next Month

Courtesy: Virgil Films

Courtesy: Virgil Films

Universal’s Back To The Future trilogy is one of the most famous and beloved franchises in Hollywood’s history.  More than thirty years after the trilogy’s first film debuted, the BTTF franchise is still beloved among audiences of all ages.  It has been released and re-issued on home video and digital platforms more than once, and even spawned a short-lived animated series, which itself finally received the home video treatment for the first time ever in 2015.  Some audiences have even tried to recreate the series’ iconic time traveling auto, a Delorean as part of their fandom.  One would think that with the popularity of the franchise, and the iconic car at the center of the series, that the car would always have its own special place in the halls of Hollywood’s auto history.  Sadly that wasn’t originally the case.  And in Virgil Films’ new documentary OUTATIME: Saving The Delorean Time Machine, audiences will discover the story of the “timeless” car and the efforts to save it for themselves.

OUTATIME: Saving The Delorean Time Machine will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms Tuesday, July 19th.  It follows the efforts by Universal Studios and Back To The Future co-creator and producer Bob Gale to bring Doc Brown’s (Christopher Lloyd) famed four-wheeled time machine back to its one-time glory.  Directed by Steve Concotelli, the documentary is presented in the vein of Top Gear, Counting Cars, and American Chopper.  It  includes full-length commentary by Concotelli and Joe Walser, who headed up the Delorean’s restoration as a special bonus feature along with deleted scenes, footage from the documentary’s world premiere, a restoration photo gallery, and much more.  Audiences can order OUTATIME: Saving The Delorean Time Machine now via Amazon.  More information on this and other titles from Virgil Films is available online now at:

 

 

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Ancient Aliens’ Eight Season Is One Of The Series’ Best Seasons Yet

Courtesy:  A&E Home Video/History Channel

Courtesy: A&E Home Video/History Channel

The aliens are back!  This Tuesday, January 5th History Channel will release the eighth season of its hit history/sci-fi series Ancient Aliens.  Whether audiences are familiar with the long-running series (it recently wrapped up its tenth season) or not, audiences across the board will agree that there is plenty to like about this season.  It could even be argued that in comparison to the series’ previous seasons’ this season is one of its best yet.  The main reason for that is the collection of topics tackled in this season.  Unlike in so many of the show’s previous seasons, this season doesn’t just rehash old theories that have been done time and time again.  It actually brings some fresh topics into the mix.  That will be discussed at more length shortly.  Also of note in Season Eight is the collective footage used to help advance each episode.  That will be discussed at more length later.  Last but not least of note are the transitions within each episode.  Each noted element is important in its own right to the whole of Ancient Aliens’ eighth season.  Altogether they make Ancient Aliens: Season Eight (Apparently Season 10 online) one of the series’ best seasons yet regardless of whether it is the show’s eighth or tenth season.

History’s latest collection of episodes from its hit history/sci-fi series Ancient Aliens is one of its best yet.  Online, the episodes are listed as making up the series’ tenth season.  Yet in its new double-disc box set, they are collectively considered the series’ eighth season.  It would be good to see History Channel get everything lined up both on disc and online.  But that aside, there is still plenty to like about this latest collection of episodes beginning with the topics tackled in each episode.  The topics that are tackled in these episodes are so important because they don’t just rehash the topics tackled in previous seasons.  That has been something that has hindered said previous seasons more so than anything else.  Discussions on the pyramids and Atlantis have been replaced with discussions on whether aliens have been (and still are) fighting for control of Earth in “The Alien Wars”, and on what could in fact be hidden in those areas of the world that have been deemed “off-limits” due to conflicts or other reasons in the noted regions in “The Forbidden Zones.”  Even the familiar topic of caves and their roles in interstellar travel has been minimized in “Aliens B.C.” so as to make more time for other topics such as a profile of German aerospace engineer Wernher Von Braun in “NASA’s Secret Agenda” and whether the fabled sea monsters of myth are fact instead of fiction in “Creatures of the Deep.”  Yes, the show goes beneath the waves once again this time out.  But instead of delving into the realm of underwater aliens it instead opts to question if many of the beasts of legend (E.g. the Loch Ness Monster, Kraken, etc.) were in fact beings from other worlds that used bodies of water as worm holes of sorts.  The noted episodes are just a partial example of why the topics presented in Ancient Aliens’ eighth (tenth?) season are so important to its overall presentation.  There are plenty of others that audiences on both sides of the E.T. debate will agree are just as important to this season including: “Dark Forces,’ “Aliens and Robots,” “The Alien Evolution,” “Circles from The Sky,” and “The Other Earth.”  Altogether all ten episodes featured in this season serve as a good starting point for any number of discussions regardless of which side one takes in the debate on extraterrestrials.  They are just part of the reason that audiences will want to see this latest collection of episodes from Ancient Aliens.  The footage that is incorporated into this season is just as important to its overall presentation as the topics tackled throughout each episode.

The topics that are tackled throughout the latest season of Ancient Aliens are in themselves plenty of reason for audiences to check out this collection.  That is because while they do bring up some previously handled topics, they generally trend more towards new topics this time out.  They are just part of the reason that audiences will want to check out this season.  The footage that is incorporated into each episode is just as important as the topics themselves in keeping audiences engaged.  This includes both the live action footage and the CG-based material included in each episode.  The live action footage serves to help support the arguments while the CG-based material serves to entertain audiences.  It is clear in watching each episode that a lot of time and effort was put into each episode’s CG sequences.  That is because instead of just being some haphazardly developed designs, they really have sharp detail.  Believe it or not this is important to note because there are some studios out there that make CG presentations that look like they were crafted by middle school students or younger.  That is anything but the case here.  Said sequences maintain a fully professional look in each episode.  Being that they do they ensure even more audiences’ engagement in each episode.  The live footage adds its own value to each episode’s presentation (and the overall presentation of this season).  That is because it serves to help drive home the theories being presented within episode.  It is not necessarily meant to serve as supporting evidence in each theory.  There are those that have for whatever reason misinterpreted this.  Rather it is meant to show what the theorists are discussing and in turn allow viewers to form their own conclusions from the presented material.  To that end, the footage in question couples with the presented CG sequences to result in core material that together with the thought-provoking theories, will certainly keep audiences entertained and engaged.

Regardless of which side one takes in the never-ending debate on the debate of extraterrestrial existence, one cannot deny that the topics presented across each of this season’s episodes give plenty of reason to check out each episode.  The same can be said of the core material incorporated into each episode.  This includes both the CG sequences and the live footage.  While each noted element proves to be important in its own right to this season’s overall presentation, they still are not the season’s only notable elements.  The transitions within each episode are just as important as the presented theories and the episodes’ combined footage.  The transitions are important to note because the episodes are presented on DVD exactly as they were in their original run on television.  That means that each episode is separated at exactly the same point and in turn presents the same material from beginning to end.  What is really interesting to note is that while some episodes even include the full transitions to commercial and from commercial, others simply cut in and out.  In other words, some episodes include the segment previews at the commercial breaks while others don’t.  While not having those “teases” in every episode doesn’t necessarily take anything away from the overall presentation of this season on DVD, it just would have been better to either have them in every episode or not.  Personally, this critic’s view is such that having them in actually makes the overall viewing experience more enjoyable.  That is just this critic’s view, however. Regardless, it is interesting that the noted teases were included to any extent. It’s a nice addition that really makes one feel like one is watching the episodes on TV rather than on DVD. To some that is a special feeling. It just brings something back to some viewers (such as this critic). Hopefully if Ancient Aliens reaches an eleventh season, those behind the show will take that into account and have it in every episode when it reaches DVD should that happen. Should it not then audiences at least have it to some extent here. And combined with the thought-provoking theories and footage, all three elements together make Ancient Aliens: Season 8 another good addition for any true believer and skeptic alike.

Whether one is a true believer or a skeptic, it can be said of the latest season of Ancient Aliens that both will have plenty to talk about after watching the episodes presented here. That is evident in the fact that while some older theories are brought back up again, they take something of a back seat to other theories for once. That in itself gives audiences plenty to talk about, the theories aside. The live footage and CG sequences that were incorporated into each of the set’s ten total episodes add even more interest to this set. That is because each piece will keep viewers engaged in its own way. The general presentation of each episode rounds out the ways in which this set guarantees audiences’ engagement. Some episodes come complete with segment teases while others aren’t. While it would have been nice to have those teases in every episode rather than just a few, one can’t complain since at least some did. Hopefully should an eleventh season see the light of day that will be taken into account when it hits DVD. But that is a story for another time. Regardless, everything that went into Season Eight’s presentation shows why this double-disc set is a welcome addition to the home DVD library of any true believer and skeptic alike. It will be available Tuesday, January 5th in stores and online. More information on Season 8 is available online along with full episodes from season 8 at:

 

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History Channel Announces Release Date For Ancient Aliens: Season 8

Courtesy:  A&E Home Video/History Channel

Courtesy: A&E Home Video/History Channel

The aliens return this winter!

History Channel and A&E Home Video have announced that the eighth season of its hit history-based series Ancient Aliens will be released Tuesday, January 5th. It will be available in stores and online exclusively on DVD. In the eighth full season of Ancient Aliens, a hacker who broke into secure U.S. computer systems over the course of thirteen months was arrested in 2002. The hacker, Gary McKinnon claimed after his arrest that his illegal activities revealed evidence that the United States military and government was amassing a secret space fleet complete with USSS (United States Space Ship) designations. The question is if the U.S. is indeed gathering ships for an interstellar fleet, is it for peaceful means or for something more concerning? “The Alien Wars,” Season Eight’s finale asserts the theory that warring alien races have been fighting for eons and have even brought their conflicts to Earth, leading to the alleged activities on the part of the government and military. “The Other Earth,” another episode from Season Eight, alleges that beings from other worlds came to Earth after searching for their own “Other Earth” just as humans have searched the stars for another planet like their own. In “Dark Forces,” the question is raised as to the existence of supernatural forces. It ponders whether the alleged supernatural forces summoned by the likes of Rasputin, the Nazis, Aleister Crowley, and others were extraterrestrial rather than supernatural. It’s just one more theory presented through the course of the ten total episodes that make up Ancient Aliens’ eighth season.

Ancient Aliens: Season Eight will be available Tuesday, January 5th in stores and online. It will be available exclusively on DVD and will retail for MSRP of $19.98. More information on this and other seasons of Ancient Aliens is available online now at:

Website: http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ancientaliens

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Ancient Aliens: Season Seven BD Box Set Gives Viewers Plenty To Appreciate

Courtesy:  History Channel/A&E Home Video

Courtesy: History Channel/A&E Home Video

For eons, man has looked to the stars and wondered if mankind is alone in the universe. For all of the fascination with the heavens that man has shown since the days of the Mayans and Egyptians and even the study of outer space (both the Mayans and Egyptians were expert astronomers), no firm evidence of intelligent life’s existence has been found. Or has it? That is the premise behind History Channel’s hit history-based series Ancient Aliens. The series, now in its tenth season, has provided dozens of intriguing theories arguing that intelligent beings have in fact visited Earth as far back as the stone age. Late this summer, History and A&E Home Video made another group of those theories available to audiences when they released Ancient Aliens: Season Seven on DVD and Blu-ray. The theories presented over the course of Season Seven are in themselves the central reason for audiences to check out this collection. Regardless of whether or not audiences are believers, want to believe, or skeptics, audiences in whole will find something to like about this season’s episodes. In regards to the season’s more extrinsic value, audiences will be happy to know that Season Seven has been released in two separate formats–DVD and Blu-ray. On the surface this might not seem like such an important element to discuss. But it actually is important in its own right in terms of ergonomics. That will be discussed later. And last but not least of note is the actual presentation of the episodes in the Blu-ray presentation. Audiences will be glad to know that they can actually stop either of the Blu-ray set’s discs and later come back to them without worrying about said discs restarting from the beginning. What’s more the Blu-ray presentation allows audiences to keep any of the season’s given episodes running and go through its menus at the same time. Whether or not History has allowed for this on DVD is admittedly not known to this critic as this critic has been honored with the Blu-ray presentation in place of the DVD presentation. Regardless, this addition is in itself one more important part of the whole of Season Seven that at least on Blu-ray every viewer will appreciate. Along with the noted aspects of the BD set’s packaging and the set’s featured episodes Ancient Aliens: Season Seven proves in whole to be a set that true believers will enjoy and appreciate just as much as the most hardline skeptics.

Late this summer, History Channel and A&E Home Video released the seventh season of History Channel’s hit history-based series Ancient Aliens on DVD and Blu-ray. For the sake of this review, the focus will be on the Blu-ray presentation of Season Seven. Now whether one is a true believer, wants to believe, or is the most hardline skeptic it can be argued that there is plenty to enjoy and appreciate about this season’s Blu-ray presentation beginning with the set’s featured episodes. Regardless of one’s beliefs about life on other planets or even the existence of alien life on Earth, it can be said of these episodes that they will have audiences of all types talking in one way or another. That is because of the theories presented across its twelve episodes. One of the most intriguing of those theories is that beings from other worlds used (and possibly still use today) caves as a means of interstellar transportation. It also purports that the giant crystals contained within other caves actually serve as an interstellar power source. One of the pieces of evidence used to support this seemingly interconnected drawings discovered in caves around the world. There are spiral drawings said to be representative of portals, and of beings said to be from other worlds even by people native to given regions today. It is even argued that within another ancient civilization, caves were not portals to the underworld (the world of the dead) but to the heavens. The episode takes viewers from caves in Africa to a cave in the Grand Canyon that allegedly depicts beings from other worlds, to a cave in the Himalayas where thousands of Hindus flock each year to the spot where they believe Shiva revealed the secrets of the universe and immortality to his wife among much more. Between those caves and others noted throughout this episode, the stories presented about each cave will definitely keep viewers engaged regardless of whether or not viewers believe. That is because for all of the theories espoused by the episode’s interviewees, the historical background of the theories in and of itself makes this episode an interesting part of the season’s whole. Information such as the Mayan belief of their people having to travel to the underworld in order to get to a certain other realm is fact rather than fiction. The Mayans actually did believe this. In regards to the Native American caves found in the Grand Canyon, the physical depictions left by the region’s former inhabitants are in fact real. And regardless of audiences’ beliefs, the discussions on said art are enough reason to watch this episode. Viewers don’t have to believe the sometimes outrageous theories about the caves’ use in interstellar travel. Even this critic is not necessarily a true believer. But the real history in which the theories are based is interesting enough to keep viewers engaged. It’s just one example of why the season’s episodes are so important to its overall viewing experience.

Another of this season’s more intriguing theories comes later in the season’s run in “Aliens and The Civil War.”. It speculates the role (if any) that beings from other worlds might or might not have had in the Civil War. It will definitely raise some viewers’ eyebrows regardless of said viewers’ beliefs. That is because at no point does it actually try to argue whether or not beings from other worlds played any role in America’s worst conflict. Rather it remains largely objective, spending more time speculating than actually saying yea or nay to the theory. It does however try to argue that there were beings that knew about the impending conflict. This is argued as it is alleged that Mormon founder Joseph Smith was visited not by an angel but by an alien from another world. It is theorized that said being warned Smith about the war, to which Smith responded by including the warning in what is known today as the Book of Mormon. There is also an intriguing theory presented about Lincoln that seems to purport that either he was a pre-cog or that he at least received an image of his future. According to the story a young Lincoln looked in the mirror one day and saw a much older, rougher vision of himself and in telling his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, she become somewhat unsettled herself. This story is tied in to this episode by theorizing that it was an image showing how he would look as a result of his efforts to maintain the union. It goes without saying that this is a bit of a stretch. But it makes for its own share of entertainment, regardless. And as with the season premiere its historical background (and that of the Joseph Smith story) is enough reason for viewers to give this episode and season in whole a chance regardless of their beliefs.

‘The Vanishings,” Season Seven’s penultimate episode is yet another intriguing episode and perhaps its most believable. It takes the mysterious disappearances of people throughout Earth’s history and regions and uses them as the basis for the argument that aliens have and are still playing a role in the lives of Earth’s inhabitants. And yes, it does include the standard stories of the Bermuda Triangle disappearances. There is a story of lights seen in the mountains of North Carolina and people searching for the lights mysteriously disappearing, never to be seen again. The story of the Mayans’ disappearance is also there. However in this case, audiences get a story that any viewer will admit is rather intriguing in itself. It claims that the Mayan calendar was not a countdown to doomsday (as we all know now) but a countdown of another sort. It is theorized here that the calendar was used to track when the Mayan people would return to the stars. Of course there’s no way that that could have been possible unless the calendar started much farther back in history than is believed to have started. That’s the only way that this theory could hold any amount of water being that the Mayans disappeared long before the calendar ended. And even when it did end, nothing happened good or bad. So to that extent, it is good to see here that the program didn’t take the all too common doomsday prophecy, which has since been debunked and tried to tie it in to alien attacks or some such. Though the presented argument is obviously just as unbelievable. That is unless the calendar is in fact much older than believed to be. Perhaps the single-most believable aspect of this episode is the argument that maybe, just maybe, the vanishing of certain ancient civilizations wasn’t accidental but intentional; a means to hide said civilizations’ technological advancements from the modern world. Considering the evils that the modern world has committed as a result of its own advances, one can’t blame any ancient civilization from hiding its advances if in fact they did have said advances. Some of these theories have more historical backing than others. Regardless of that backing or lack thereof, the episode in whole proves even more why it is another good example of the episodes’ importance to Ancient Aliens’ seventh season. It is hardly the last example of what makes this season’s episodes so integral to the season in whole. “The Alien Agenda,” “The Great Flood” and “Hidden Pyramids” are hardly believable. But they are still entertaining in their own right. Though, the historical backing behind “The Great Flood” makes for interesting viewing as it explains just some of the flood stories that are presented not just in the bible but in other cultures’ documents, too. Al things considered, the episodes featured in Ancient Aliens: Season Seven make for plenty of interesting material that is sure to keep viewers engaged from start to finish regardless of viewers’ beliefs about aliens. They are only one part of what makes Season Seven such an interesting watch, too. The set’s dual presentations and packaging therein is just as important to this season.

The episodes that make up the body of Ancient Aliens’ seventh season are in themselves paramount to the season’s overall viewing experience. That has hopefully been clearly exemplified by this critic. That aspect having been noted, the set’s presentation on both DVD and Blu-ray is just as important to its success. Season Seven’s presentation on both DVD and Blu-ray shows that History kept all of its viewers in mind in sending it to store shelves. Regardless of which platform audiences choose, all viewers get the same content in both platforms. What makes the Blu-ray presentation even more impressive than the DVD presentation is its ergonomics. Season Seven’s DVD box set spreads its content across three discs in a standard size box thanks to smart packaging. However, the Blu-ray presentation presents the same amount of information on only two discs in a standard Blu-ray case. The Blu-ray case, as audiences know, is smaller both in height and width than a standard DVD case. This means it takes up far less room on a viewer’s DVD/Blu-ray rack than a DVD case. In other words, while neither DVD nor Blu-ray presents any more or less in its presentation, those that purchase the Blu-ray set will come out better because of the set’s ergonomics.

Interestingly enough there are some companies out there that are beginning to use Blu-ray boxes as the model for DVD boxes, too in essence making both boxes exactly the same ergonomically. The only thing that sets them apart is that one has the Blu-ray logo while the other sports the DVD logo. Of course History Channel and A&E Home Video didn’t take that route with its DVD presentation of Ancient Aliens Season Seven. Though, it would be easy to house three discs into one box of that size by simply using the standard plastic insert to hold one disc and place the first and third disc on the front and back inside the case. Maybe History and A&E Home Video will consider taking that route with its future DVD releases and start helping make it the standard and phasing out the all too bulky standard DVD boxes of every size. Getting back on topic…the ergonomic aspect of Ancient Aliens: Season Seven in its Blu-ray presentation and the season’s featured episodes makes this season just as fun for alien enthusiasts as for skeptics. It still is not the final element of this box set that makes it such an interesting watch either. The viewing options given to audiences with the season’s Blu-ray presentation round out the whole of the set.

Those that pick up Ancient Aliens: Season Seven in its Blu-ray will notice something very special about its overall viewing options beginning with its playback. The Blu-ray presentation allows audiences to stop either disc, and come back to it without worrying about the disc restarting from the beginning if they have to stop watching and come back to watch more at another point. Believe it or not, there are some Blu-ray discs out there that will in fact restart from the beginning of the disc even if viewers only opt to stop at a given point rather than stop the disc in whole. That can be really annoying. So that History and A&E Home video have made sure that doesn’t happen here deserves its own share of applause. On another level, they have also allowed Blu-ray viewers to actually toggle through each disc’s menu without having to stop an episode and then go to the disc’s menu. Instead, viewers can hit the “menu” button on their remotes to reveal a picture-in-picture sort of setup. The running episode is squeezed into a relatively acceptable sized box in the screen’s upper right hand corner while the menu options are presented in the screen’s left hand side and at the bottom. This multi-tasking option of sorts means that audiences don’t have to worry about missing out on anything should they decide they don’t want to switch episodes. They can go right back to the episode while it continues to run if they so choose. Or they can just go to another episode. It is a wonderful aspect in considering the set’s overall viewing experience. And again, not every studio out there offers this option in their Blu-ray presentations. Yes, there is a good number that do in fact do this. but there are just as many that don’t. Considering that, it makes this option another great addition to the set in whole that every viewer will appreciate regardless, again, of their belief about E.T.s. Together with all of the previously noted elements, all three elements together make Ancient Aliens: Season Seven a collection that every viewer will appreciate regardless of their belief (or lack thereof) in the existence of E.T.s.

History Channel’s seventh season of its hit history-based series Ancient Aliens is a collection that true believers and skeptics alike will appreciate and enjoy. Regardless of viewers’ belief in E.T.s the theories and historical backing behind each of its twelve episodes will keep viewers in whole engaged from beginning to end. The Blu-ray presentation’s ergonomic packaging adds even more reason for audiences to appreciate it verses its DVD presentation. The viewing options provided to audiences in the Blu-ray presentation round out the whole of the collection. All things considered Ancient Aliens: Season Seven proves in the end to be a piece that any viewer will appreciate regardless of their belief in otherworldly beings. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via History’s online store at http://www.shophistorystore.com/products/blu-ray/. More information on this and other seasons of Ancient Aliens is available online now along with the show’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ancientaliens

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AncientAliens

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History Heats Up This Fall With Texas Rising

Courtesy:  History/Lionsgate

Courtesy: History/Lionsgate

This fall, History will release its latest historically based mini-series Texas Rising in store and online.

Officials with Lionsgate and History announced recently that History’s latest historically based mini-series Texas Rising will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, September 1st. The program will be released both on DVD + Digital and Blu-ray + Digital HD. It centers on the famed war hero Sam Houston and the forces which he led in the battle against General Santa Anna in the fight for Texas’ independence from Mexico. Texas Rising proved in its original broadcast on History to be the network’s first number one scripted series in two years, premiering to some 4.1 million viewers. It was directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated director Roland Joffe (Best Director, The Mission, 1986; Best Director, The Killing Fields, 1985) and starred Golden Globe-nominated actor Bill Paxton (Best Actor in a TV series, Big Love, 2010), Brendan Fraser (The Mummy 1 – 3), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, Another World, Muppets Most Wanted), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, Watchmen, P.S. I Love You), Thomas Jane (The Punisher, Boogie Nights, The Mist), Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful, S.W.A.T., Taking Lives), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Arrow, Colombiana, Star Trek: Into Darkness), Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill, Agent Carter, Dawson’s Creek), and Max Thieirot (Bates Motel, Jumper, The Pacifier).

Texas Rising will include along with its extra digital copy on both DVD and Blu-ray combo packs a handful of bonuses including: a making of featurette, and featurette examining both Sam Houston and general Santa Anna and their roles in the battle for Texas. The complete listing of bonuses is listed below.

BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*

–“Capturing the Revolution: Filming Texas Rising” featurette

–“Sam Houston: A Man of the Revolution” featurette

–“General Santa Anna: Leading Mexico” featurette

*Subject to change

Texas Rising will be available on DVD + Digital combo pack and Blu-ray + Ditigal HD combo pack on Tuesday, September 1st. It will retail for MSRP of $26.98 and $29.99 respectively. Both combo packs can be ordered online direct from History’s online store at http://www.shophistorystore.com/texas-rising/details/117496824. More information on this and other titles from History is available online now at:

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The End Of The Civil War Is A Worthwhile Watch For History Buffs And Civil War History Buffs Alike

Courtesy:  History/A&E Communications

Courtesy: History/A&E Communications

The Civil War has been over for some 150 years. Despite this, it still remains today one of the most important parts of America’s history. Thousands lost their lives over the course of the Civil War if not hundreds of thousands. To this day, the battles and the figures that were a part of the Civil War remain just as important as they were at the time that they happened. Any number of documentaries have been presented and released on DVD and Blu-ray over the years that center on probably every possible aspect of the war. Some of those presentations are more worth the watch than others. In the same vein, others are of course are more forgettable. This past April, History Channel released what is one of the few Civil War documentaries that is actually worth the watch in the form of The End of the Civil War. The title of the double-disc, four-part documentary makes crystal clear the central reason that it is worth the watch. Rather than just being another broad spectrum presentation, it focuses on one primary aspect of the war. Looking more closely at the presentation in whole, all four “episodes” that make up the program are presented in chronological order. While it isn’t overly rare, it doesn’t happen a whole lot especially in the realm of military and history documentaries. So to see this is a definite positive to this presentation. Last of note here are the collective re-enactments and discussions by the figures featured throughout the program. Both elements are minor details. That is a given. But they still play their own part in the whole of the program. Taken along with the program specific information presented here and the fact that the information is even presented chronologically, all three elements show together why The End of the Civil War is a rare worthwhile watch for any history buff and more specifically for any Civil War history buff.

The End of the Civil War is a rare worthwhile watch for any history buff and more specifically for any Civil War history buff. The main way in which it proves this is through the fact that it is a topic specific program. Unlike so many military and history programs in general, it doesn’t try to cover a broad spread in terms of its material. Rather it sticks primarily to the topic noted in its title beginning with Sherman’s now infamous march to the sea. Also included are pieces on Lincoln’s assassination, the search that followed for his killer, and of course the days leading up to the assassination. Because it sticks to these specific aspects of the war, the amount of material covered is cut down. In turn, audiences don’t feel like they are sitting through a college level lecture on the war’s end. In other words it becomes more accessible for audiences of all types and ages. Such accessibility makes it a piece that is just as welcome an addition to any classroom collection or home collection. In turn, it shows exactly why the specificity of this program is so important to the whole of its presentation. Of course it is just one way in which The End of the Civil War shows itself to be such a welcome watch for any history buff and Civil War history buff alike.

The fact that The End of the Civil War sticks to only the presented topic throughout the course of its four segments is a big bonus. It makes it accessible to audiences of all ages. It is just one way in which it shows itself to be a worthwhile watch. Audiences will note that unlike so many other history-based programs that are out there, the four segments that make up the whole of the program are presented chronologically beginning with General Sherman’s now infamous march to the sea. It all leads up to Lincoln’s assassination and the subsequent search for his killer. The whole thing closes with an interesting piece about what may or may not have happened to Lincoln’s body. Yes, it sounds somewhat morbid. But those that are true history buffs and Civil War buffs will find this segment just as interesting as its predecessors. The very fact that the program’s segments are presented chronologically is especially worth the note because it is so rare to see such organization from such a presentation. Regardless of whether from History or another network, it is far more common to see such presentations assembled in seemingly random fashion in terms of their collective topics. It also plays in to the program’s accessibility. The transitions at the front and back of each segment are entirely clear. The resulting effect is that audiences won’t find themselves having to retrace their proverbial steps at any point—beginning, end, or middle—of each segment to keep up with the program. That clarity coupled with the clear and precise approach to the program’s subject matter makes it even more accessible to audiences and in turn shows even more why The End of the Civil War is one of those rare worthwhile watches for history buffs and Civil War history buffs out there.

The subject presented in The End of the Civil War and its organization are both important in their own right in showing what makes this documentary a worthwhile watch for history buffs in general and more specifically Civil War history buffs. As important as each element is to the whole of the program, they are not all that should be noted in examining this presentation. Audiences are presented over the course of the program’s four elements an actual documentary presentation from History. There is commentary from a number of academics over the course of each segment, including from one such individual from none other than UNC-Chapel Hill. There are also re-creations used to illustrate the story presented in each segment just as in History’s past documentary programs. It shows that history documentary programming does still exist from History even if only on DVD and Blu-ray. Even if it is only available on DVD and Blu-ray, such a presentation style from History shows once more why The End of the Civil War is a rare worthwhile watch in the realm of documentaries.

The End of the Civil War shows in plenty of ways why it is a documentary well worth the watch for any history buff and Civil War history buff. Its specific subject matter and the subject matter’s related organization both clearly exhibit what makes it a worthwhile watch. The collective interviews an re-enactments incorporated into the program to illustrate each topic and advance each segment show even more what makes it a worthwhile watch. Together, all of the noted elements show with full clarity why any history buff and Civil War history buff will want to watch it. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online via History’s online store at http://www.shophistorystore.com/the-end-of-the-civil-war-dvd/details/117389786. More information on this and other programs from History is available online at:

Website: http://www.history.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/History

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History, Lionsgate Announce Release Date, Specs For Sons Of Liberty

Courtesy:  History Channel/Lionsgate

Courtesy: History Channel/Lionsgate

Courtesy:  History Channel/Lionsgate

Courtesy: History Channel/Lionsgate

Officials with History Channel announced this week that the network’s latest mini-series Sons of Liberty will be released this spring.

History Channel will release Sons of Liberty on DVD + Digital combo pack and Blu-ray + Digital HD on Tuesday, May 26th. The epic five-hour mini-series focuses on the events of the American Revolution including: Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride, the Boston Tea Party, The Battle of Lexington, and much more. Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Dorian Grey) leads the cast in the role of patriot Sam Adams. He is joined by Dean Norris (Breaking Bad, Under The Dome, Little Miss Sunshine), Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist, 90210, Dirt), Michael Raymond James (Jack Reacher, Once Upon A Time, True Blood), Rafe Spall (Prometheus, Life of Pi, Shaun of the Dead), Henry Thomas (Gangs of New York, E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, Legends of the Fall), Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings, The Amazing Spiderman 2), Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Vegas, Men in Trees), and Emily Berrington (24: Live Another Day, The White Queen, The Inbetweeners 2).

Along with the series’ main presentation, the Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack and the DVD + Digital combo pack will both include a handful of bonuses for audiences. Those bonuses include a “Making Of” featurette, a feature on the central figures of the revolution, and a piece focusing on the special effects that helped bring the battles of the revolution to life. The full list of bonus materials is noted below:

BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*

  • “Lensing Liberty: The Making of Sons of Liberty” featurette
  • “Men of Independence: The Historic Figures of Sons of Liberty” featurette
  • “The Choreography of War: Creating the Battles and SPFX of Sons of Liberty” featurette

Sons of Liberty will be available on Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack and DVD + Digital combo pack Tuesday, May 26th. The Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack will retail for MSRP of $29.99 and the DVD + Digital combo pack for $26.98. Audiences can check out a trailer for Sons of Liberty online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS6GcKFm9og&feature=youtu.be.

More information on this and other titles from History Channel is available online at:

Website: http://www.history.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/History

Twitter: http://twitter.com/HISTORY

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