The Wolf Pack Is Back In Another Alpha And Omega Adventure

Courtesy:  Lionsgate

Courtesy: Lionsgate

Lionsgate has another installment in its Alpha & Omega franchise on the way.

Alpha & Omega: Dino Digs will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, May 10th.  This time out Humphrey, Kate, and their pups have to find a new den.  In their search for a new home, the group uncovers a friendly female raptor named Amy who was magically brought back to life during a big dig.  The group shows Amy all of the great things about her new world.  Along the way though, it turns out the Amy is not the only dinosaur that was uncovered during that big dig.  There is also a giant T-Rex that could be brought back to life, too.  So it’s up to the wolf pack to keep that from happening.  Families can find out for themselves what happens when they purchase Alpha & Omega: Dino Digs exclusively on DVD + Digital combo pack in stores and online.  It will retail for MSRP of $14.98 and can be pre-ordered online now via Lionsgate’s online store at a discounted price of $11.98.  More information on this and other titles from Lionsgate is available online now at:

 

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Arrow Video, MVD To Unleash The Killer Tomatoes Again This Summer

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Courtesy: Arrow Video/MVD Visual

Arrow Video and MVD Visual have partnered to re-issue one of the best of the worst B-movies in Hollywood history this summer when they release Return of the Killer Tomatoes.

Arrow Video and MVD Visual will release Return of the Killer Tomatoes on Tuesday, June 28th.  The movie, originally released in 1988, is the sequel to the campy 1978 action horror Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.  The movie picks up a decade after the Great Tomato War. The world still lives in fear of another attack from the killer tomatoes.  The evil madman Professor Gangreen (Jon Astin – The Addams Family, Recess, Taz-Mania) preys on that fear and creates an army of tomato militia men in yet another attempt to take over the country.  It just so happens that these “men” look quite a bit like real men.  The movie also stars a then very young George Clooney (O Brother, Where Art Thou!, Roseanne, ER) as Matt Stevens, Chad Finletter’s (Anthony Starke – Prison Break, The George Carlin Show, License To Kill) roommate.  Chad is the nephew of Wilbur Finletter (played once again by J. Stephen Peace – Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Happy Hour, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes TV Series).

Return of the Killer Tomatoes will be released Tuesday, June 28th.  It will be available in stores and online exclusively on Blu-ray and can be ordered direct online via MVD Visual’s online store at http://mvdb2b.com/s/ReturnOfTheKillerTomatoes/AV057.  More information on this and other titles from MVD Visual is available online now at:

 

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Shout! Factory To Re-Issue Classic Adaptation Of The Merchant Of Venice

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory

William Shakespeare is one of the greatest playwrights of all time if not the greatest.  His plays have been adapted more times than any one person can count both on stage and screen throughout the ages.  And next month Shout! Factory will re-issue just one of those many adaptations when it releases a made-for-TV take of Shakespeare’s comedy The Merchant of Venice.

Shout! Factory will release The Merchant of Venice on Friday, May 17th.  The 1973 take on the timeless play stars Sir Laurence Olivier (Spartacus, Rebecca, Clash of the Titans) opposite then wife Joan Plowright (101 Dalmatians, Dennis The Menace, Bringing Down The House) as Slylock.  Plowright plays the part of Portia, love interest to leading man Bassanio (Jeremy Brett – My Fair Lady, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles).  Bassanio is in love with Portia.  But in order to win her hand and her heart he needs money.  So he takes a loan from Shylock.  The problem is that it turns out Bassanio can’t pay back Shylock’s loan.  So it’s up to Portia to save Bassanio from a very bad fate.  Anthony Nicholls (Othello, A Man for All Seasons, The Omen) stars as Bassanio’s friend Antonio.  The movie is taken from the 1970 National Theatre stage production. Which also starred the same cast as is present here.

The Merchant of Venice will be released Tuesday, May 17th in stores and online.  It will be available exclusively on DVD and will retail for MSRP of $19.97.  It can be pre-ordered online now at a discounted price of $16.97 via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-drama/the-merchant-of-venice.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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Shout! Factory To Re-Issue Classic Crime Thriller Next Month

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Universal Pictures

Shout! Factory is set to release another cinema classic this spring.

Shout! Factory will re-issue Universal Studio’s classic 1965 thriller I Saw What You Did May 17th.  The movie, which stars Joan Crawford in a rare supporting role, will be available in stores and online exclusively on Blu-ray.  It comes just as the countdown to summer vacation starts and the weather really starts to warm up, giving audiences one more way to beat the heat.  The movie’s script follows a pair of teenagers that get themselves in quite a bit of trouble when their habit of making prank phone calls backfires on them.  The pair—Libby Mannering (Andi Garrett – The Wild Wild West) and Kit Austin (Sara Lane – The Virginian¸The Trial of Billy Jack, Billy Jack Goes To Washington) likes to call people, telling them, “I saw what you did, and I know who you are.”  To the pair, it’s all fun and games.  But when they call Steve Marek (John Ireland – Red River, All The King’s Men, Spartacus) things turn very bad for the teens.  That is because it turns out that Marek had just killed his wife.  And he is not about to let it be known that he did.  What happens as a result will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.  William Castle (House on Haunted Hill, The Tingler, 13 Ghosts) helmed the project.

I Saw What You Did will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, May 17th.  It will retail for MSRP of $29.99 but can be pre-ordered now at a discounted price of $24.99 via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/i-saw-what-you-did.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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The Peanuts Movie Dishonors Charles Schulz’s Legacy

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Courtesy: Blue Sky Studios

Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang are among the most iconic and beloved figures in American pop culture history.  More than sixty-five years ago Charlie Brown and company were first introduced to America.  Since that time generations of audiences have been introduced to the Peanuts gang both in print and on screen.  Being that the Peanuts franchise has proven to be since its inception one can’t help but wonder why in 2011 the new feature Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown was released.  That new take on the Peanuts gang proved to be anything but a success.  One would think that considering the lackluster response to that abomination of a Peanuts special, there wouldn’t be another attempt to update the Peanuts gang anymore.  That assumption obviously proved wrong as Blue Sky Studios—the studio behind the apparently never-ending Ice Age franchise—teamed up with Schulz’s son Craig and grandson Bryan, and Cornelius Uliano to develop a “new” (the term “new” is used very loosely here) Peanuts feature in 2015.  The feature, simply titled The Peanuts Movie, tried to masquerade as something new and original but in reality was anything but.  The reality of this creation is that it was little more than a quick and largely forgettable cash grab for Blue Sky Studios.  This is exemplified largely through the movie’s piecemeal story.  That will be discussed shortly.  While the story presented within The Peanuts Movie is anything but laudable, the movie isn’t a complete loss.  To its credit (or to the credit of those behind its design, rather) there obviously were painstaking efforts to actually recreate the original look of the Peanuts universe.  To that extent that part of the movie must be lauded.  While the movie’s look does its part to at least try to save the movie’s presentation it sadly isn’t enough.  Along with the movie’s story, its young actors pale in comparison to those that originally brought the Peanuts gang to life so many years ago.  Yes, there were various groups that voiced the characters in those features.  Some were better in those cases than others, too.  This is one of those cases in which the cast was not as laudable.  Due to this and, again, the movie’s hardly thought out script the end result of this movie is a work that is one of the worst of the Peanuts presentations in recent memory.

Blue Sky Studios’ new Peanuts presentation is one of the franchise’s worst presentations in recent memory if not its worst to date. It is clear in watching the movie, which comes in at less than ninety minutes, that it is really little more than a cash grab for Blue Sky Studios.  That is most obvious in the movie’s script.  The script, which was crafted by the father-son duo of Craig and Bryan Schulz (Charles Schulz’s son and grandson), and co-writer Cornelius Uliano makes absolutely no effort to pay any true respect to the legacy of Charles Schulz’s characters or his own legacy for that matter.  Rather it just tosses together elements of said classics haphazardly with no regard for any real storytelling.  It’s obvious in what they did that they hoped that viewers’ nostalgia would kick in and overpower their common sense when watching the movie, thus leading them to love this mess of a movie–even though they know they shouldn’t.  Even at its base the movie’s story is anything but original.  It tells a story of how Charlie Brown first met the little red-haired girl.  Did the world really need this?  The answer is a simple “no.”  The whole story follows Charlie Brown as he attempts (yet again) to impress the little red-haired girl.  Along the way father and son, along with Uliano, add in the underlying story of Snoopy’s ongoing battle with the Red Baron.  Again, did the world need this update, too?  Once more the answer is “no.”  The only positive to the whole thing is that the Schulz’s and Uliano kept alive the tradition of not naming the little red-haired girl.  That’s good because there were actually two little red-haired girls—Heather and Peggy Jean—in the original franchise.  Heather was the original red-haired girl.  Her name was revealed in Happy New Year, Charlie Brown.  Peggy Jean was introduced in It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown.  Other than that, there is little to nothing redeeming about this movie’s script.  Because of this one can only wonder if the movie is worth even one watch.  It would be worth just one watch in order to see the disservice that it has done to the Peanuts legacy and that of Charles Schulz.  For all of the cons presented by The Peanuts Movie’s script the movie isn’t a total loss believe it not.  Those responsible for the movie’s look are to be applauded for their efforts.  That is because they obviously made a concerted effort to make The Peanuts Movie actually look, stylistically, like the original Peanuts TV features.  They didn’t just go the all-too-commonly used CG route in doing so either.  Rather its look boasts more of an odd, almost claymation look crossed with a hand drawn look.  Claymation likely wasn’t used in the special’s creation.  Odds are those behind the movie’s look did use CG.  But in using it to make the movie look so much like those aforementioned specials, they did an excellent job of attempting to actually pay tribute to that look.  It would have been so easy for them to just go the standard cookie cutter CG route.  But they opted not to go that route.  To that end they are to be applauded.  That is because the end result of that choice is a movie that is redeemed solely by that final look.  Sadly, it’s the movie’s only redeeming element.  For all of the positive that is offered by the movie’s look the work of the movie’s young cast counters it.

The people who were responsible for the look of The Peanuts Movie are to be commended for their work on the movie.  Sadly they are the only people involved in the movie’s creation to be commended.  The men behind the movie’s script did anything but pay tribute to the Peanuts legacy or that of Charles Schulz.  They are not the only ones involved in the movie that detracted from its enjoyment.  The movie’s voice cast put forth a valiant effort in their take on the classic characters.  Sadly they came up short in this case.  To their defense, though they are not the first group to tackle the Peanuts gang.  Those that are familiar with the classic Peanuts TV specials will recall that the voice cast did not remain entirely the same from one TV special to another.  And because of that some portrayals were better than others and vice versa.  This cast’s work is one of the lesser cases.  So many of the portrayals just felt forced here.  That is just this critic’s own interpretation of the cast’s work.  Again, the cast’s work wasn’t a total loss.  There have been far worse portrayals.  Marnette Patterson’s take on Lucy in It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown (1992) is one of those lesser portrayals.  Todd Barbee and Melanie Kohn  were a little bit concerning in It’s A Mystery, Charlie Brown.  So again, while this movie’s cast wasn’t the best of any Peanuts feature it is hardly the worst cast.  To that end the cast’s work does take away from the movie’s experience.  But it doesn’t do so to the level of the movie’s writing team.  Keeping this in mind, The Peanuts Movie proves in the end to be a forgettable and unnecessary incarnation of Charles Schulz’s timeless characters.  And hopefully it will be the last installment for a very long time.

Blue Sky Studios’ “new” installment in the long-running Peanuts franchise is its most forgettable and unnecessary installment.  While it isn’t a total loss of a movie it still proves to be a work that never should have seen the light of day.  That’s the case even with the work of those responsible for the movie’s look.  That is because the script proves to be little more than a quick cash grab for Blue Sky Studios that pays little to not homage to the legacy of the Peanuts gang and that of its creator.  The cast, while not the worst to ever take on the voices of the Peanuts gang, is also hardly the best to ever tackle them.  All things considered The Peanuts Movie proves in the long run to again be the franchise’s most forgettable installment and its most unnecessary, too.  With any luck, it will be the franchise’s last installment for a very long time.  That is because the world doesn’t need “new” installments of Peanuts specials to appreciate Charles Schulz’s creations.  All it needs is the classics.

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Dramaphiles Shoud Make Room For Room In Their Movie Collections

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Courtesy: Lionsgate

Lionsgate’s new dramatic thriller Room is one of the most powerful movies of 2015’s crop of new releases.  It should be said right off that bat that for those that haven’t yet seen this movie it is not an easy movie to watch.  That is because it is that powerful.  That being noted those that can steel themselves ahead of watching this gripping drama will find it to be a completely engaging piece that is both gripping and moving all at the same time.  The main reason for this is the movie’s script.  This includes both the movie’s central story and its more minute details. The work of the movie’s cast is just as important to note especially considering the story and its setting.  That will be discussed later.  Last but not least to note is the bonus material included in the movie’s new home release.  Each element is important in its own right to note in the overall presentation of Room.  Collectively they make this presentation one of the biggest surprises of 2015 and just as big of a surprise now that it has been released on Blu-ray and DVD.

Room proved in its initial theatrical run to be one of 2015’s biggest surprises.  That is because it was the polar opposite of all of the prequels, sequels, and remakes churned out by Hollywood ’s major studios.  In other words it proved to be an original story even having been adapted from a book published by author Emma Donoghue roughly five years ago.  The story follows mother and son Joy(Brie Larson) and Jack (Jacob Tremblay) as they try to survive and escape their captivity.  All the while their captor “Old Nick” (Sean Bridgers) maintains his control over them by providing for them.  It sounds eerily like the case of the Ariel Castro kidnappings.  However, one must keep in mind that said case didn’t break until 2013 when Amanda Berry escaped Castro’s house and notified authorities of her captivity and that of Michelle Knight and Georgina DeJesus.  Donoghue’s book was published two years ahead of the case breaking.  So any connection between the two is purely coincidental.  That maintains the originality of Donoghue’s story.  What’s more Donoghue largely controlled the adaptation of her story from book to big screen.  This is perhaps why the story was so enthralling in its presentation here.  It’s not the first time that an author has had direct say in how his/her work was adapted from book to big screen.  However those scenarios are rarer than people might think.  Considering this Donoghue’s direct hand in the movie’s translation is important to note in the final product.  It’s just one aspect of the writing that makes this movie’s script so powerful.  The script’s more minute details are just as important to the script as the story.

The story at the center of Room’s script is an undeniably important part of the movie’s success.  That is because of the simple fact that while it was a literary adaptation, it wasn’t just another prequel, sequel, or remake.  What’s more there’s no chance of the story producing any of those movies, either.  And considering the fact that a story very similar to that of room proved to be reality two years after it was published proved to be reality, it makes Room’s story that much more believable.  It’s scary but true.  Even with this in mind the story at the center of the script is just one part of what makes the script so important to the movie’s success.  The script’s more minute details are just as important to the story as the story itself.  The fact that the story can stand on its own two feet with Joy not even being formally named until more than halfway through the movie is a powerful statement in itself.  More than likely Donaghue did this intentionally as a sort of way to illustrate Joy’s lack of identity during her captivity versus her new-found freedom later in the movie.  It shows the importance that something as simple as a name can have in a movie’s story.  On another level, the relationship between Jack and his mother is worth noting in regards to Room’s script, too.  As difficult as the pair’s situation is in their time in the shed, the emotional connection that is exhibited between mother and son is both moving and beautiful even.  It is moving when Joy finally tells Jack about the reality of their situation and he doesn’t believe it.  It is sort of that end of innocence situation in a manner of speaking and will really tug at viewers’ heartstrings.  The other moments are just as moving in a number of ways.  The happier moments are beautiful while the more difficult moments are moving in a painful way.  It makes seeing their situation in whole all the more painful for viewers to see yet just as gripping.  Believe it or not this is actually a good thing.  It is a good thing because it makes suspension of disbelief all the easier for audiences and in turn makes maintaining engagement in the story just as easy.  It also shows that as with the 1957 classic 12 Angry Men it is still possible to write a good story even with the story’s characters confined to a given space for most of the movie.  Staying on that note, Donoghue is to be commended just as much for the manner in which she explained how long Jack and his mother had been there.  At one point Joy tells Jack that she had been kidnapped by “Old Nick” seven years prior to being in the shed.  Keeping this in mind and that the story opens with Jack telling Joy that he is now five years old, one is led to believe that “Old Nick” got Joy pregnant and she in turn gave birth to Jack.  The fact that “Old Nick” bought a toy truck for Jack for his birthday solidifies that even more.  It’s a small plot element.  But it is so important.  And the way in which Donoghue executed this element is just as impressive as the script’s overall story.  It’s just one more way in which the script’s smaller elements prove to be just as important to the movie as the story at the heart of the script.  There are plenty of other ways in which the script’s smaller elements prove just as important to the movie’s overall presentation as the central story.  Audiences will find plenty of those other ways when they watch the movie for themselves.  Moving on, Room’s script is just one part of the movie that makes it stand tall amidst all of its prequel, sequel, and reboot counterparts from 2015.  The cast’s work in front of the camera is just as important as that of Donoghue and director Lenny Abrahamson.

The combined efforts of Emma Donoghue and director Lenny Abrahamson to bring Donoghue’s book to the big screen is a big part of what makes Room one of 2015’s biggest surprise theatrical releases.  It also helps to make the movie just as surprisingly enjoyable for first time audiences now that it is available on DVD and Blu-ray.  The cast’s work in front of the camera is just as important to the movie’s success as its script.  Brie Larson shows throughout the course of the movie’s nearly two-hour run time why she received the Golden Globe® and Oscar® for her role in the movie.  Viewers’ hearts will hurt terribly for Joy as she struggles to raise Jack essentially on her own in the confines of that shed.  And the emotional pain that she exhibits as she comes up with her plans to get Jack out of the shed is just as difficult to take in.  The seriousness with which Larson approached these moments is what makes them so difficult to watch, but not in a bad way.  When she places the hot cloth on Jack’s head and face to feign him being sick, it is clear that Joy did not want to take that route especially as Jack expressed the pain at feeling its heat.  When she gagged herself and wiped the result on his hair to make him appear even sicker his momentary disbelief is just as painful to see.  This applies both in the case of Joy and of Jack.  Speaking of Jack, Jacob Tremblay is just as impressive as the five-year old boy.  The innocence and naivety exhibited on the part of the boy, especially when he yells at his mother in disbelief about their situation, is just as spot on.  This is especially important to note considering that Tremblay is, in real life, almost twice the age of his character.  Audiences know that the shed is all that Jack has ever known.  So he doesn’t believe that there is anything else in the world, just like any small child.  He doesn’t overplay the moment either.  Being that he doesn’t he makes viewers’ hearts go out just as much to him as to his mother.  Regardless of that moment or any other, both Larson and Tremblay handle their roles perfectly, never once allowing themselves to go over the top.  It makes both mother and so fully believable and sympathetic characters.  They make viewers want the pair to get out and see “Old Nick” punished for what he had done to them.  That is a powerful statement about Larson and Tremblay’s work.  On the same note, what happens in their attempt to adjust to “normal” life after having for both escaped the shed is just as powerful.  It is obvious just how difficult that adjustment was for both Jack and Joy.  Jack doesn’t want to play with his new toys or talk to his grandmother’s new boyfriend at first.  And Joy sadly attempts suicide at one point.  She does survive the attempt, though not to give away too much.  Yet again neither actor overdoes it at any point.  Rather they make viewers’ hearts hurt for Joy and Jack that much more but fill with so much joy in the story’s finale. There are so many other moments that could be cited which exemplify the outstanding work of both Larson and Tremblay.  Regardless of which moment(s) viewers find for themselves, viewers will agree that from beginning to end the pair is outstanding together.  The duo proves from beginning to end why their work is just as important to the movie as the movie’s story and its associated elements.  Even as important as both elements are to the movie they are not the only important elements to note of the movie’s presentation.  Now that it has been released on DVD and Blu-ray the movie’s bonus material can be noted, too.

The writing behind Lionsgate’s adaptation of Room and the work of the movie’s cast that brought the movie’s cast to life are both key elements in the movie’s presentation.  As important as both elements are to the movie’s presentation they are not the only important elements that should be noted.  The bonus material that has been included with the movie in its small screen release is just as important to note as the movie’s script and acting.  The behind-the-scenes featurettes are enjoyable enough.  There is the standard “Making of” featurette and a pair of featurettes that examine “Old Nick’s” shed and the importance of the shed in the story.  As much as they might add to the movie’s presentation, the movie’s bonus feature-length commentary proves to be the most important of the movie’s bonuses.  Audiences get to hear from director Lenny Abrahamson and Emma Donoghue throughout the course of the movie as well as other members of the movie’s crew.  And they cover a number of topics throughout.  There are discussions on the movie’s shooting angles, the importance of making the shed look dark yet not overly foreboding (this will be discussed shortly), the movie’s pacing, and so much more.  The discussion on the setup of the shed is important because as is noted in the discussion, it was meant to look and feel like a place that ironically enough Jack felt safe even despite what it really was.  It really plays into the discussion on Jack’s innocence and Tremblay’s handling of that innocence and naivety.  The note of the movie’s pacing is just as important.  That is because it serves to drive home how easily Donoghue and Abrahamson were able to keep the story moving even as Joy and Jack try to readjust to something similar to normalcy.  Those that are interested in movie production will appreciate the discussions throughout the movie on its various angles and how they are used to evoke certain emotions from both the movie’s viewers and its cast.  These are just some of the discussions raised throughout the course of Room’s bonus commentary.  There is much more in-depth commentary provided over the course of the movie’s nearly two-hour run time that audiences will appreciate.  Collectively it shows clearly why the movie’s commentary is such an important bonus addition to the movie in its new home release if not the movie’s most important bonus.  Most important or not it can be said that the commentary, along with the movie’s bonus featurettes, complete the movie’s viewing experience and show once and for all why Room is just as surprisingly powerful now in its home release as it was in its theatrical release last year.

Room was one of the biggest surprise movies of 2015’s new theatrical releases.  That is because the movie, based on Emma Donoghue’s book by the same name wasn’t just another heartless, soulless prequel, sequel, or remake.  It was a movie that exhibited real heart, depth, and originally.  What’s more there’s no way that it could lead to a prequel or sequel.  It is a movie that, thanks to its power, absolutely demands viewers steel themselves going into the movie.  It is that deep and powerful; especially for those viewers with children.  The work of lead stars Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in bringing Joy and Jack to life adds its own share of heart to the movie.  Their work expertly illustrates the mother and son’s close relationship and how it manages to survive amazingly even the most difficult situations.  That clear bond will bring even the strongest viewer to tears at times.  Their relationship is just one of a number of interesting topics discussed in the movie’s bonus commentary, the most important of the movie’s bonuses in its new home release.  It isn’t the movie’s only bonus.  But it is the movie’s most important bonus.  Together with the extra featurettes included in the movie’s home release, the bonus material completes the movie’s viewing experience.  After watching all of the movie’s bonuses and taking in the movie’s story and acting, viewers that can make themselves watch this movie all the way through will agree that they should make *ahem* room for Room on their DVD and Blu-ray racks and in their digital collections.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via the movie’s official website at http://roomthemovie.com/#/.  More information on Room is available online now at:

 

 

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Shout! Factory TV Announces April Streaming Schedule

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory TV

Shout! Factory has released the April streaming schedule for its free online streaming service Shout! Factory TV.  The Dick Cavett Show and Backlot are spotlighted this month.

This month Shout! Factory TV will be streaming ten episodes of The Dick Cavett Show.  This month’s selection of episodes is pulled entirely from the 1990s.  It featured guests  from around the world of stand-up comedy in honor of Cavett’s own stand-up roots.  Among this month’s list of guests are: Conan O’Brien, George Carlin, Richard Lewis, Dennis Miller, Steve Martin, and others.  This month’s complete list of Dick Cavett Show episodes is noted below.

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Steve Martin (1992)  

Steve Martin, comedian and actor known for films such as Bowfinger and The Jerk, is interviewed by Dick Cavett.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Conan O’Brien (1995)

Dick Cavett interviews legendary talk show host, Conan O’Brien.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Chris Elliott (1994)

Dick Cavett interviews comedian Chris Elliot, a man known for his late-night comedic sketches on Late Night with David Letterman.

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Jon Lovitz (1992)

Dick Cavett interviews Jon Lovitz, actor comedian and singer, best known for his role on SNL.

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: George Carlin (1992)

Dick Cavett interviews the late comedian George Carlin, a man known for his outspoken stand-up comedy, thoughts on politics, religion and other various taboo subjects.

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Richard Lewis (1990)

Dick Cavett interviews Richard Lewis, American comedian and actor.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Dennis Leary (1991)

Dick Cavett interviews Dennis Leary, comedian and former star actor of the show, Rescue Me.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Phil Hartman (1991)

Late Canadian-American SNL actor and comedian Phil Hartman, is a guest on this episode of The Dick Cavett Show.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Dennis Miller (1992)

Dick Cavett’s guest for this episode is Dennis Miller, stand-up comedian, talk show host, actor and commentator.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Bobcat Goldthwait (1992)

Bobcat Goldthwait, actor, comedian, filmmaker and voice artist is interviewed by Dick Cavett.

Also back this month is its exclusive series Backlot.  The series examines some of the most beloved cult favorite films and TV series.  It is hosted by Shout! Factory’s Brian Ward and features interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, featurettes, and a whole bunch more from those fan favorites.  In one of this month’s episodes of Backlot, Ward sits down with Paul Feig (Ghostbusters, Spy, Bridesmaids) and Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, This is 40, Pineapple Express) to discuss their work on the cult classic series Freaks and Geeks.  Shout! Factory recently re-issued the series on Blu-ray.   Along with his recent big screen work, Feig was the creator of Freaks and Geeks.  Apatow served as the series’ executive producer.   In another episode of Backlot Ward takes a look back at the 1961 King Kong spinoff Gorgo.  He will delve into how the Gorgo suit was created, the problem of putting a monster in Paris, and even how it was handled by the crew of the Satellite of Love in none other than Mystery Science Theater 3000.  Speaking of that series, Shout! Factory TV also has two classic episodes of MST3K streaming this month.  One of those episodes features Gorgo.  The other focuses on another so bad that it’s great movie in the form of the 1983 Canadian made-for-television movie Overdrawn at the Memory Bank.  The full list of MST3K episodes being streamed this month is noted below.

MST3K: Gorgo

Mike and the ‘bots gorge on Gorgo (1961), a maudlin monster mess featuring two giant mother-and-son lizards and a Samuel Beckett lookalike. Leonard Maltin shows up to hawk his movie guide, which inexplicably praises the film.

MST3K: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank

A weather tech’s mind gets trapped in a computer and Pearl establishes her own public television pledge program.

Along with the latest episodes of The Dick Cavett Show, Backlot, and MST3K being streamed this month, Shout! Factory TV is also streaming the series and movies listed below.

 

Other notable series and movies also streaming on Shout! Factory TV now include:

·         THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE

·         PRINCE KILLIAN

·         CHICAGO CAB

·         PERFECTLY NORMAL

·         ONE DOWN TWO TO GO

·         ROCK, ROCK, ROCK!

·         THE SMURFS AND THE MAGIC FLUTE

·         THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE

·         CONVICT 762

 

 

More information on these and other presentations being streamed online now at Shout! Factory TV is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.shoutfactorytv.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShoutFactory

 

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