Pandas: The Journey Home Is A Journey That Every Animal Lover And Documentary Fan Will Want To Take

Courtesy:  National Geographic Films/Virgil Films

Courtesy: National Geographic Films/Virgil Films

There was big news from the animal world recently as a giant panda named Kelin became a mother for the first time. The seven-year old panda, who had been artificially inseminated, gave birth to twin female cubs at a breeding center in Chengdu, in Southwest China. The news is so big because of the rarity of twin panda births. With the happy news being announced this week it would seem a fitting time to take a look at the newly released panda-centric documentary Pandas: The Journey Home. The documentary, which was recently released by National Geographic and Virgil Films, examines the efforts of workers at China’s Wolong Panda Center to raise and protect pandas. The program boasts a number of positives; positives that collectively show it to be both an invaluable tool for teachers and an enjoyable watch for even the most casual nature lover. The main way in which it shows this is through its central presentation. It doesn’t try to be just another wildlife program nor is it just another run-of-the-mill activist piece either. Rather it is a hybrid of both genres. The end result of that mix is a presentation that will move viewers both to laugh and cry. That sounds like a line right out of a movie promotion, yes. But in the case of this program, it is actually a fitting description. On a related note, the program’s cinematography is just as stunning. Audiences will see the pandas as they are raised in the mountains of China’s Sichuan Province. The footage that was captured and presented here is within itself plenty of reason for audiences to check out this documentary. Last but hardly least of note here is the program’s collective run time and pacing. It runs roughly forty minutes total. That is not very long. None of that time is wasted. Nor does it leave viewers feeling left behind and confused at any point. The resultant effect is that audiences will be better able to appreciate the program’s camerawork and the information shared throughout its run time. The end result of all of this is the realization that Pandas: The Journey Home is a documentary that any nature lover and animal lover should see at least once.

Pandas: The Journey Home is a documentary that every nature lover and animal lover should see at least once. For that matter it is a presentation that any fan of documentaries should see at least once. The main reason for this is its writing. The work of those charged with its writing composed it in such a way that it comes across as neither a standard wildlife nor an activist piece either. Rather it comes across as a hybrid of both. Being that it does, it will move viewers both to laughter and to tears throughout the course of its forty-minute run time. It will also teach audiences quite a bit without actually necessarily being a straight forward educational program. For instance, viewers will learn as the program progresses that female pandas are only fertile for roughly three to four days in their fertile periods. Audiences will also learn the shocking statistic of how few pandas currently live on their own in the wild today. That number alone will in itself be enough to keep viewers engaged, almost wanting to cheer for those working to return pandas to the wild in hopes of one day turning things around for pandas, increasing their numbers in the wild. These are a couple of pieces of information included in the presentation that will have audiences watching and thinking all at the same time. There is much more of course that audiences will learn on their own when they purchase the program for themselves. Whether for the noted fact and figures presented here or for the other in-depth information shared throughout, the material in whole shows the importance of the writing in the enjoyment and success of Pandas: The Journey Home. It is only part of what makes the program worth the watch, too. The work of the documentary’s cinematographer(s) adds even more enjoyment to it.

The information shared throughout the course Pandas: The Journey Home makes this presentation well worth the watch by itself. Of course on its own it can only go so far in keeping audiences engaged. That is where the show’s cinematography comes into play. The work of those behind the lens in this documentary is exceptional in its own right. Audiences get stunning views of the mountains in which the panda center resides and of the panda center itself throughout the course of the show. The footage isn’t just formulaic by any means at any point, either. There are aerial shots of the mountains, topped by low-hanging fog and clouds, river flowing below at their bases. There are also shots from ground level of the forests that populate the mountains. The view of the forests from ground level set against the raging river makes for even more “oomph.” On a related note, the footage of the panda center is just as interesting. Audiences don’t just get the standard exterior shots. They also get a first-hand look at the operations of the panda center from caring for the newborn cubs and playing with them as they grow to taking the cubs into the wild and preparing them for their lives on their own outside of the center’s walls. Those charged with capturing the whole thing on camera are to be highly for their work. As audiences will see for themselves, the whole of their filming will move viewers to awe. It collectively makes for yet another way in which Pandas: The Journey Home shows itself to be a worthwhile addition to any classroom and living room.

The work of the camera crew and those that were charged with assembling the information disseminated throughout the program collectively makes Pandas: The Journey Home a journey that audiences of all ages will enjoy whether in the living room or the classroom. For all of the value of the program’s cinematography and writing, none of it would mean anything with pacing that keeps viewers engaged. In the case of this documentary that is exactly what audiences get. Thanks to its collective pacing and related run time, at no point will audiences feel left in the proverbial dust, scratching their heads. Rather each separate segment of the program is given just enough time and attention. The end result of that timing and attention is a forty-minute documentary that feels anything but those forty minutes. It feels far shorter as a matter of fact. That is meant in the best way possible. Being that it keeps viewers fully engaged rather than bored out of their minds, the collective pacing and run time of Pandas: The Journey Home solidifies the documentary’s enjoyment and its place on this year’s list of the year’s best new documentaries.

Pandas: The Journey Home is one of the best of this year’s crop of documentaries. It is a production that is just as valuable and worth the watch in the living room as in the classroom. That is made clear initially via the in-depth information provided by the program. The information in question is a balance of both education and information. The work of those charged with recording its footage makes it even more enjoyable. Thanks to its solid pacing its forty-minute run time feels as if it flies right by all without losing viewers along the way. Because viewers are kept engaged from beginning to end, they will in turn see clearly the importance of the camera crew’s work and that of those charged with assembling the program’s information. All things considered Pandas: The Journey Home proves in the end to be a presentation that is just as valuable of an addition to any classroom or living room setting and a presentation that is one of the best of this year’s crop of new documentaries. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct from Virgil Films’ online store at http://www.virgilfilmsent.com/store/product.php?pid=713. More information on this and other titles from Virgil Films is available online now at:

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Lionsgate, Saban Announce Details For New Power Rangers Compilation

Courtesy:  Lionsgate/Saban/Saban Brands

Courtesy: Lionsgate/Saban/Saban Brands

Lionsgate and Saban announced this week that they have teamed up to release yet another special collection of episodes from Saban’s hugely popular Power Rangers franchise.

Power Rangers: Trickster Treat will be released Tuesday, September 14th just in time for the countdown to the real start of the annual holiday season. The collection features four Halloween-themed episodes pulled from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Power Rangers Megaforce, and even Power Rangers Samurai. Among the episodes included in the upcoming set is a story that sees the Power Rangers visiting a rather intriguing fortune teller who just might be more than it seems to be. There is also a pair of episodes that will take audiences all the way back to the original Power Rangers franchise in the form of “It Came From Angel Grove” and “Zedd’s Monster Mash.” The complete episode listing for Power Rangers: Trickster Treat is noted below.

DVD EPISODES

  • Trickster Treat
  • Raising Spirits
  • Zedd’s Monster Mash
  • It Came From Angel Grove

Also included in the upcoming DVD is a pair of Digital HD episodes. Those episodes are

DIGITAL HD EPISODES

  • Trickster Treat
  • Raising Spirits

The DVD’s total run time is eighty-eight minutes. It will retail for MSRP of $14.98. More information on this and other titles from Lionsgate and Saban is available online now at:

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Stray Cats Live At Rockpalast Is One More Of 2015’s Top New Live Recordings

Courtesy: MVD Entertainment Group

Courtesy: MVD Entertainment Group

Mig Music will release a new pair of archived concerts from the famed rockabilly band Stray Cats tomorrow in the form of Stray Cats: Live at Rockpalast. The concerts, taken from two of the band’s Rockpalast concerts (its 1981 show in Cologne, Germany and its 1983 show at Loreley Open Air), will be available both as a single-disc DVD and a triple-disc DVD/2CD combo pack presentation. Their release this week will mark the first time that they have ever been released to the public. It will also mark the first time ever that they have been released together. That being the case, these concerts are a good fit for anyone that grew up a fan of Bryan Setzer both today and in his youth. There is plenty for fans to enjoy about this ne wpairing of concerts beginning with its dual packaging. The shows will be presented both on a single-disc DVD and on a triple-disc DVD/2-CD combo pack. That dual packaging lies at the center of the recordings’ success. It is just one part of what makes the new release worth the watch and/or listen, too. The presentation of two separate shows with two separate yet similar set lists adds even more interest to the recording. Last but hardly least worth noting of Mig Music’s new Live at Rockpalast concerts are the collective production values incorporated into both concerts. The concerts are presented on each platform exactly as they were presented in their original recordings. That presentation goes to show how far recording technology has come over the course of the past four decades-plus. At the same time, the fact that both shows look and sound as good as they do even with lesser recording technology is a statement to the recording technology of the day. The footage has obviously stood the test of time quite well. Being that it has, it makes both concerts that much easier to see and hear, and in turn enjoy that much more. In being able to enjoy both concerts, audiences will agree that regardless of which platform one chooses (the DVD or DVD/2CD platform), both presentations are equally enjoyable for anyone that is a Stray Cats fan and show once again to be well worth the addition to their home collection.

Courtesy: MVD Entertainment Group

Courtesy: MVD Entertainment Group/MIG Music

Mig Music’s new Stray Cats live recording Live at Rockpalast is a welcome addition to any Stray Cats fan’s home collection. It shows this primarily through its dual platform packaging. It would have been so easy for the people at Mig Music to take the route taken by so many other labels and present the one of the included concerts on one platform and the other on another (E.g. Cologne 1981 on DVD and 1983 Loreley Open Air on DVD/2-CD or vice versa). This is a route that is all too often taken by American record labels. And it is annoying to say the least as it robs audiences of a full concert experience. Luckily for Stray Cats fans, Mig Music didn’t take that route. Rather it provided fans with both shows not only on a single-disc DVD platform but also on a DVD/2-CD combo pack for true hardcore fans. While the triple-disc platform might cost a little more it still is worth the money shelled out for said fans. In the same vein, having both concerts on a standalone DVD is just as worth the money for those that are perhaps not as hardcore as others in their fandom. It still gives those fans the same two concerts as those presented to the band’s more hardcore fans. It’s just the beginning of what fans will appreciate about this new release. The fact that the set lists are presented in exactly the same order on both platforms makes them even more worth the purchase by fans of every level.

The presentation of Stray Cats’ 1981 and 1983 Rockpalast shows on two separate platforms lies at the center of the recordings’ enjoyment and success. Regardless of audiences’ fandom, it gives every fan the same two concerts only on different platforms. It is only one part of what audiences will appreciate about these soon to be released recordings. While it may seem minor on the surface, the fact that the set lists for each show are presented in the same order regardless of platform is important in its own right. Far too often, it is taken for granted that when record companies release live recordings across multiple platforms, said recordings will be presented in the exact same order. The reality is that there are those labels that for one reason or another change up the set lists of those recordings from one platform to another. This critic in particular has seen that happen more times than can be recalled. So for Stray Cats fans to get the same concerts in the same order on two separate platforms says a lot for the efforts of those at Mig Music. It shows that their aim really was to give fans the fullest experience possible at the best possible prices. Considering this, both the DVD and DVD/2-CD presentation of Live at Rockpalast become all the more of a welcome addition to any Stray Cats fan’s library. The positives still don’t end here. Having examined the extrensic values of Live at Rockpalast, all that is left to examine here are the concerts’ collective production values.

The collective production values of both Rockpalast shows presented here are noteable in their own right in the concerts’ enjoyment. What audiences get in both concerts in terms of their production values are two shows that look like they were lifted directly from the concerts’ masters and sound like it, too. The immediate thought here that most might have is that that is not a good thing. After all the recording of the Cologne, Germany show is thirty-four years old. The second of the shows is thirty-two years old. Despite this both shows sound surprisingly impressive in themselves. The video mix is just as surprisingly impressive. Neither concert looks like it has been touched since having been originally recorded more than three decades ago. Yet neither concert looks that bad, either. It just goes to show on one hand how far recording tech has come since the days of these concerts. At the same time, it goes to show the surprisingly impressive quality of recording tech alll those years ago. The audio and video set alongside each other, they prove in the long run to be quite impressive even despite the tech available to record the concerts presented here. They round out the ways in which Live at Rockpalast proves itself a welcome addition to any Stray Cats fan’s home music library. Together with the presentation of the concerts’ set lists and their availability in multiple platforms, the concerts that make up Live at Rockpalast prove to make it one more candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new live recordings.

Whether it be for the availability of its concerts on multiple platforms, the equal presentation of the concerts’ set lists, or for the surprisingly impressive production values of both shows, Stray Cats fans have plenty to like about the band’s new concert recordings. All things considered, Live at Rockpalast proves itself in whole to be one more candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new live recordings. The complete listing for both the DVD and DVD/2CD presentation of Stray Cats Live at Rockpalast is included below.
TRACKLISTINGS

DVD

Loreley, August 20th 1983:

1. Baby Blue Eyes 03:41

2. Double Talkin’ Baby 03:37

3. Rumble In Brighton 04:11

4. Drink That Bottle Down 05:26

5. Something Is Wrong With My Radio 02:39

6. Built For Speed 06:30

7. Look At That Cadillac 04:25

8. Runaway Boy 03:46

9. Lonely Summer Nights 04:22

10. Too Hip, Gotta Go 02:39

11. Stray Cats Strut 05:42

12. She’s Sexy And 17 04:40

13. Banjo Time (Foggy Mountain Breakdown) 02:16

14. The Race Is On 02:14

15. Tear It Up 04:03

16. Oh Boy 03:03

17. Rock This Town 06:50

Cologne, July.16th 1981

1. Sweet Love On My Mind 03:58

2. Double Talkin’ Baby 03:37

3. Rumble In Brighton 03:34

4. My One Desire 04:38

5. Ubangi Stomp 04:16

6. Drink That Bottle Down 05:34

7. Storm The Embassy 05:05

8. Stray Cats Strut 04:09

9. Fishnet Stockings 02:48

10. Important Words 04:32

11. Rock This Town 08:28

12. Runaway Boy 04:40

13. Sometin’ Else 04:45

14. Gonna Ball 04:14

CD 1, Loreley, August 20th 1983:

1. Baby Blue Eyes 03:41

2. Double Talkin’ Baby 03:37

3. Rumble In Brighton 04:11

4. Drink That Bottle Down 05:26

5. Something Is Wrong With My Radio 02:39

6. Built For Speed 06:30

7. Look At That Cadillac 04:25

8. Runaway Boy 03:46

9. Lonely Summer Nights 04:22

10. Too Hip, Gotta Go 02:39

11. Stray Cats Strut 05:42

12. She’s Sexy And 17 04:40

13. Banjo Time (Foggy Mountain Breakdown) 02:16

14. The Race Is On 02:14

15. Tear It Up 04:03

16. Oh Boy 03:03

17. Rock This Town 06:50

CD 1 total run time: 70:33
CD 2, Cologne, July.16th 1981

1. Sweet Love On My Mind 03:58

2. Double Talkin’ Baby 03:37

3. Rumble In Brighton 03:34

4. My One Desire 04:38

5. Ubangi Stomp 04:16

6. Drink That Bottle Down 05:34

7. Storm The Embassy 05:05

8. Stray Cats Strut 04:09

9. Fishnet Stockings 02:48

10. Important Words 04:32

11. Rock This Town 08:28

12. Runaway Boy 04:40

13. Sometin’ Else 04:45

14. Gonna Ball 04:14

CD 2 total run time: 64:27

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CMG’s Jamaica Inn Re-Issue Is A Must Have For Any Classic Movie Buff

Courtesy:  Cohen Media Group

Courtesy: Cohen Media Group

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most famed directors in the modern history of the movie industry. Known mostly for helming the likes of Psycho, Dial M For Murder, North by Northwest, The Birds, Rear Window and a handful of other legendary Hollywood hits. While he is most well-known for the noted movies, they are not the only movies that he helmed. Before taking on those famed films, Hitchcock also helmed the big screen adaptations of a pair of books by author Daphne Du Maurier in the form of Rebecca (1940) and Jamaica Inn (1939). The latter of the two was re-issued on Blu-ray this past May to celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of its debut. Of course the movie’s seventy-fifth anniversary was technically October 13, 2014. But that is beside the point. The very fact that this classic Hitchcock helmed film has been resurrected by the people at Cohen Media Group is reason enough in itself for audiences to be excited. This movie is a great escape from all of the movies currently polluting America’s theaters and retailers both online and physical. For those that might perhaps be unfamiliar with this classic action/drama movie, its script is the central reason for its enjoyment. The script presents a story that is action packed in its own right especially for its age, and yet is easy to follow. The work of movie’s cast adds even more to the movie’s enjoyment. The bonus material included in the movie’s new re-issue rounds out the presentation and solidifies its place in this year’s crop of re-issues. All three elements considered together, they show Cohen Media Group’s recent re-issue of Jamaica Inn a must-have for any classic movie buff regardless of their familiarity with Hichcock’s body of work.

Cohen Media Group’s recent re-issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn is a must-have for any classic movie buff regardless of their familiarity with Hitchcock’s body of work. It is a movie that not only will classic movie buffs enjoy but even those that lovers of action movies will enjoy. The central way in which it shows itself to be so enjoyable is its script. The script presents a story that is action packed in its own right especially for its time and that is easy to follow. The story presented in this movie’s script is itself timeless. A young woman named Mary (Maureen O’Hara–The Parent Trap, Miracle on 34th Street, The Quiet Man) moves in with her aunt and uncle (played respectively by Marie Ney–Scrooge, Simba, Escape! and Leslie Banks– Henry V, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Most Dangerous Game) and discovers that her uncle is part of a gang responsible for wrecking ships on the British coast. Mary (O’Hara), in moving in with them, inadvertently discovers this and frees a member of the gang who turns out to be a naval officer who has infiltrated the gang in order to find out who is running the operation and in turn shut the whole operation down. The officer, Jem Trehearne, is played here by Robert Newton (Oliver Twist, Treasure Island, This Happy Breed). What happens from here is pretty obvious. It is a story that has been played out countless times throughout the movie industry’s modern age. Though, there are some interesting differences between this movie and those that have attempted to ape it ever since its debut. And those differences add even more interest to the movie’s script.

The story that lies at the center of Jamaica Inn’s enjoyment is in itself a great work. It is just part of what makes the movie’s script so enjoyable and interesting for viewers. The more minute elements of the script that play into its enjoyment, too. Most notable of that minutia is the fact that the movie’s writing staff held off on the romance element that is far too prevalent in so many action flicks that have come along since. It would have been so easy for the movie’s writers to go that route and have Mary and Jem fall in love, etc. over the course of the movie. But they opted instead to not go that route. It was obvious that there was a connection between the pair. But the writers kept that element on the back-burner, opting instead to let the main story holds its rightful place in the grand scheme of things. Even more interesting in examining the movie’s script closely is that while O’Hara is billed as one of the story’s main stars, it doesn’t take long for her to take more of a supporting role than a lead. Laughton on the other hand maintains his lead status. But it is Newton who surprisingly rises to the occasion and becomes the other real lead star opposite Laughton. Maybe that is a result of the era in which the movie was made. Women in that era generally were written as the damsel in distress type of character versus the strong leads that they are often portrayed as today. Considering that O’Hara was billed as one of the movie’s leads it makes this casting and eventual role change all the more interesting and worth the discussion. Whether for this element, the direction taken by the writers in regards to the story’s romance, or for the story itself, it becomes crystal clear in the long run why Jamaica Inn’s script is central to its enjoyment and success.

The script that was crafted for Jamaica Inn is in itself more than enough reason for viewers in whole to check out this classic action/drama flick. Its story is itself classic in every sense of the word. It also avoids the trappings that are far too commonplace in so many of today’s action/dramas. While the essential changing of Mary from a lead to a supporting role is not necessarily a good thing, that seeming cultural reflection is still well worth noting in the larger discussion of Jamaica Inn in whole. The script and its more specific elements in whole collective make up a big part of why classic movie buffs and action/drama fans will appreciate this movie. The work of the movie’s cast adds even more enjoyment and interest to the movie. Viewers will especially find it interesting thanks to the additional video essay by author Donald Spoto (pronounced spoh-toh). That will be discussed at more length later. Simply put, Soto makes note of the conflicts between Laughton and Hitchcock in his essay. The difficulties raised by these conflicts aside, there is no denying the fact that Laughton is an expert in his role. He makes it so easy to hate Sir Humphrey. Sir Humphrey comes across as being so self-righteous and overly confident in himself. He makes audiences want something bad to happen to him just because he is so vile in the type of person he proves to be. In the same vein, Leslie Banks is spot on as Joss Merlyn, the head of the ship-wrecking gang. While not as villainous as Sir Humphrey, he is enjoyable to watch as a bad guy. Yet his defense of Mary late in the story and the reveal of Joss as one of Sir Humphrey’s men makes him not as despicable. As a matter of fact, he comes across as almost a sympathetic character of sorts, especially when he defends Mary against his fellow marauders. Of course one would be remiss to ignore Robert Newton’s portrayal of Jem Trehearn. Considering his character, it would have been so easy for Newton to ham it up and be the standard over-the-top, almost Errol Flynn type a la The Adventures of Robin Hood. But he didn’t go that route. Rather he maintained a certain reserved portrayal throughout. Being that he did, it made it that much easier to root for him as he investigated the ship-wrecking crew. His is just one more portrayal that shows the importance of the cast’s work in Jamaica Inn. Whether for Newton’s work, for that of Laughton, Newton, O’Hara or any of the other cast members, audiences will agree that the work of Jamaica Inn’s cast proves just as pivotal to the movie’s enjoyment and success as the script in all of its minutia.

The work of Jamaica Inn’s writing team and its cast both play their own pivotal parts in the overall success and enjoyment of the movie. Having noted both elements, it is clear why this underrated Hitchcock classic is well worth the watch now that it has been meticulously restored and resurrected on Blu-ray and DVD. Speaking of the movie’s re-issue, audiences have been treated to a couple of in-depth extras that more than ive up to the title of “bonus features.” The extras in question include both an in-depth video essay by author Donald Spoto and full feature-length commentary. Audiences will especially enjoy Soto’s video essay as it goes into quite the depth in regards to what happened both in front of the camera and behind it. One of the most intriguing facts that Soto discusses in his essay is in regards to the working relationship between Hitchcock and Laughton. According to Soto, the relationship in question was strained to say the least as Laughton allegedly was rather difficult to work with. Soto notes that Laughton would not just request but demand multiple takes in a number of scenes and that he was controlling in his nature. Even if he was, it did result in a character that audiences will love to hate. On another note, Soto makes mention of Hitchcock’s eye for detail in making his movies as believable as possible and its consequences. Soto notes that in filming the shipwreck scenes, one of the actors actually developed pneumonia and died after being doused with blast after blast of cold water and cold air from a wind machine at the studio where the scenes in question were filmed. Soto also discusses author Daphne Du Maurier’s displeasure over Hithcock’s take of her book and its effect on the fate of Rebecca and even her book The Birds. That’s right, readers. Even that movie was lifted from a book. It just so happened that it, too was penned by Du Maurier. Obviously Hitchcock was a fan of her work despite the fact that he changed her works to meet his own expectations for his movies. These are just a few of the tidbits offered up by Soto in his essay. There is plenty more that audiences will find interesting in watching his essay. In turn, viewers that watch the essay will agree as to just how much it adds to the overall viewing experience of Cohen Media Group’s new re-issue of Jamaica Inn. The feature-length commentary that comes as an optional audio track adds even more insight and enjoyment to the movie. The commentary in question is provided by one of TCM’s (Turner Classic Movies) employees. Coupled with Soto’s own separate commentary in his video essay, both commentaries add the finishing touch to this new re-issue of Jamaica Inn. They prove once and for all that it is one of the most underrated of the extensive list of movies helmed by Alfred Hitchcock if not the single most underrated of those movies. Together with the work of the movie’s writing team and its cast, it shows in the end to be a movie that any classic movie buff and action/drama should see if not have in their own home movie library.

Cohen Media Group is to be greatly applauded for its re-issue earlier of Jamaica Inn this past May. It never did receive the respect or acclaim that it so rightly deserved in its original release nearly seventy-six years ago. Now thanks to its re-issue it is finally getting the second life, and in turn second chance at respect and acclaim that it so rightly deserves. It exhibits this through the work of its writing team, the work of its cast, and through the additional commentary and content added through its bonus video essay and commentary. All three elements together show just how much this movie has to offer audiences of all ages. They are just the tip of the iceberg, too. One could also make mention of its special effects in comparison to those of today’s action/drama movies. One could also raise a discussion on the level of violence in the movie versus that of today’s movies. Whether for those discussions or the ones noted here, it can be said without a doubt that Cohen Media Group’s recent re-issue of Jamaica Inn is an absolute must see and must have for audiences that are fans and lovers of classic film and action movies alike. More information on Cohen Media Group’s re-issue of Jamaica Inn is available online now along with a trailer for the movie at http://cohenmedia.net/films/jamaica-inn. More information on this and other titles from Cohen Media Group is available online now at:

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Leprous Debuts Lyric Video For Its Latest Single

Courtesy:  InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Norwegian prog-metal act Leprous has debuted the lyric video for its latest single ‘Slave.’

The video presents the lyrics to the band’s new single over a changing image of chain link. Created by Twilight 13 Media’s Costin Chioreanu, the video can be viewed online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GWPzBXNY2g&feature=youtu.be.

Courtesy:  InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

‘Slave’ is the follow-up to ‘Rewind,’ the lead single from the band’s latest full-length studio release The Congregation. Audiences can see the video for that song online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G9Qd_84YZs&feature=youtu.be. The Congregation entered the charts at #78 in Germany, #66 in The Netherlands, #167 in 167 in Belgium, and #39 in Finland. North American fans can order the CD in bundle packs with t-shirts online at http://www.manicmusiconline.com/.

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The Laughs Keep Coming This Summer With The Third Season Of Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Dramas and reality shows may currently be dominating both the broadcast and cable spectrums today. But that doesn’t mean that that is all that audiences have to watch. Early next month, Shout! Factory will offer audiences another great escape from all of the programs polluting television’s ranks when it releases the third season of the classic sitcom Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show.

Shout! Factory will release Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show: Season Three on Tuesday, August 4th. Bilko’s constant string of get rich quick schemes continue on for thirty-seven episodes this season. Audiences will laugh uproariously as Bilko loses Colonel Hall’s inheritance in the stock market in “The Colonel’s Inheritance.” The laughs continue just as much as Bilko tries to get rich by starting up a Broadway show in “Sergeant Bilko Presents.” And in one of the season’s funniest moments, Sgt. Bilko creates a scheme to put a “singing” doberman on display. The problem is that his plan obviously doesn’t work out quite as well as he had hoped. The episode harkens back to a classic Looney Tunes cartoon involving one Michigan J. Frog. These are just a few examples of what makes Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show: Season 3 another must have for any classic TV lovers and for those wanting to escape the monotony of today’s television. It will be released Tuesday, August 4th on DVD in stores and online and will retail for MSRP of $34.93. It can be pre-ordered online direct from Shout! Factory’s online store for a discounted price of $29.93 at https://www.shoutfactory.com/tv/comedy/sgt-bilko-the-phil-silvers-show-season-three. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online at:

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The Rescue Bots Roar This Summer In Another New Collection Of Episodes

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids/Hasbro Studios

The Rescue Bots return once again next month.

On Tuesday, August 25th, Shout! Factory Kids and Hasbro Studios will release the latest collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s hit series Transformers Rescue Bots, Transformers Rescue Bots: Dinobots! This latest collection boasts five more episodes from the hit series. Unlike previous Rescue Bots collections, this collection features five episodes from the series’ most recent season, its third. This time out, audiences get a two-part story arc of sorts in its first two episodes–“Land Before Time” and “Big Game”–that sees Optimus gaining new abilities after having to save the Rescue Bots and the introduction of a new villain in the form of the hunter Colonel Quint Quarry.

Colonel Quarry returns in the disc’s third episode “Quarry vs. Quarry.” He holds Professor Baranova hostage in an attempt to obtain more robotic dinosaurs. It’s up to Optimus Prime and Boulder (who both have their own Dinobot forms by now) to save Professor Baranova from Colonel Quarry. Things only get more complicated from there, leaving it to Cody and his dad to save the day along with the rest of the Rescue Bots.

In the disc’s fourth episode “Did You See What I Thaw?” a caveman preserved in ice is discovered and thawed out. In thawing him out, it is revealed that he is wearing an energon necklace, leading to a search for even more energon. All the while, the Rescue Bots and the Burns family must protect the caveman, who is given the name Ira, as Mrs. Dumont makes a visit to Griffin Rock.

“The Attack of Humungado”, the disc’s final episode, sees a pair of movie monsters lift off the big screen and into Griffin Rock when a power surge hits Doc Green’s holomorphic projector. Having both of the big screen baddies in the “real world” it is up to the Rescue Bots to stop them and return them to their own big screen battles.

What audiences will especially appreciate about this collection of episodes is that not only does it offer five recently premiered episodes from the hit Discovery Family series, but it presents them in the exact same order as they appeared in their original broadcasts. Transformers Rescue Bots: Dinobots! will be released on DVD on Tuesday, August 25th. It will retail for MSRP of $14.93. It can be pre-ordered online now direct from Shout! Factory’s online store at a discounted price of $13.93 at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/transformers-rescue-bots-dinobots. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory and Shout! Factory Kids is available online now at:

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