Monster Energy AMA Supercross FIM World Championship Announces New TV Home

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Monster Energy AMA Supercross FIM World Championship has a new television home.

The organization announced Friday that it is moving to NBC Sports, beginning with a pre-season preview at 3 p.m., Dec. 22 on NBC.  An encore broadcast of the program will air at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).

Regular season coverage launches Jan. 5 with live Round One coverage from Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anahaim, CA.  Qualifying will air at 4 p.m. exclusively on NBC’s NBC Sports Gold Supercross Pass.  The race will be simulcast live at 10 p.m. via the NBC Sports Gold Supercross Pass and NBCSN.

Round Two’s coverage will air live Jan. 12 from Glendale, AZ.  Round three brings the series back to Anaheim, CA on Jan. 19.  Round Four is scheduled for Jan. 26 in Oakland, CA.

From California, the series heads to San Diego for Round Five, Minneapolis, MN for Round Six and Arlington, TX for Round Seven.  Round Eight takes the series to Detroit, MI, while the two-wheeled wonders head south to Atlanta, GA for Round Nine.

Round 10 brings the series to America’s motor racing center, Daytona, Florida.  Seven more rounds follow, that take the series across America, with Round 17 closing the season in Las Vegas, NV on May 4.

The full schedule for the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross FIM World Championship is available here.  All television broadcasts will be on NBCSN.

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‘SBTB: The Complete Collection’ Lives Up To Its Title And Then Some

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NBC’s classic series Saved by the Bell is one of the most iconic children’s series from the 90s.  While the original series only ran for four seasons over four years, it remains today a favorite among audiences of all ages.  It is even in syndication on Me-TV to this day, and went on to have a short-lived after life of sorts in the form of “The College Years” and its related movies.  While all of that content has been released in one way or another over the years, they have never been collected in one full collection until now.  Thanks to the people at Shout! Factory, all of that content has finally received a complete collection release in the form of Saved By The Bell: The Complete Collection.  Released Oct. 2, the 16-disc DVD collection takes audiences from the series’ infancy in Good Morning, Miss Bliss right up through the college years and SBTB movies.  That content collection is just one of the most important of the collection’s elements to discuss.  Just as important to note as the overall content is the bonus content presented in the collection.  It will be discussed a little later.  The set’s packaging rounds out its most important elements.  Each item is important in its own way, as will be pointed out here.  All things considered, truly devoted fans of SBTB will agree that Shout! Factory’s latest SBTB collection is the best of the show’s collections to date.

Shout! Factory’s new 16-disc Saved By The Bell box set is a collection that the series’ most devoted fans will agree is the best collection to be released from the series to date.  That is due in part to the fact that it actually does contain the complete run of the original SBTB series.  That includes Saved By The Bell’s predecessor, Good Morning, Miss Bliss the four-season run of SBTB and SBTB’s follow-ups in the form of The College Years and the series’ “movies,” which officially marked the end of the original series.  This culling of the original series’ material in one place marks the first time ever that the entire original Saved By The Bell series has been placed in one setting.  For those who might want to be snarky, and make statements about the spinoff from Saved By The Bell, SBTB: The New Class, that series was its own series, which lasted for seven seasons.  Keeping that in mind, this  set is still a complete set, making it fully deserving of praise, along with those at Shout! Factory who worked to get the distribution rights to the original franchise.  Now considering all of this, true devotees of the series will agree that the set’s average price point of $46 is relatively affordable.  That is especially the case when one considers that breadth of content along with the bonus material included in the set’s recent release.  That bonus material is just as important to discuss as the primary content.

The bonus content include with the set is extensive to say the very least.  From the standard picture galleries to the featurettes and documentaries, audiences are treated to a bevy of bonuses.  The most prominent of the bonus documentaries is the brand new documentary “Past Times at Bayside High: Making Saved By The Bell.”  This roughly half hour documentary presents an in-depth discussion by the show’s creative heads about the series’ history and importance.  Even the most devout fans of SBTB might find themselves surprised to learn, for instance, that SBTB’s predecessor, Good Morning, Miss Bliss actually was meant to focus on star Hailey Mills, not her students.  On a related note, audiences will be just as interested to learn that none other than Disney (yes, Disney) played its own key part in that series leading to the creation of SBTB and in turn, the change in focus from the teachers to the students.  Staying on that note, another interesting revelation made in this documentary is that SBTB’s key tween and teen female target audience focus actually started out entirely by chance.  How that happened will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.  As if that is not enough, audiences will be even more surprised at the discussion on how the cast was chosen, and the cultural significance of said casting.  That discussion is one of the most crucial because as is pointed out, most people probably have never thought about the importance of the cultural diversity in the cast, and its influence in casting for so many of today’s children’s series (and series in general).  Between all of the noted discussions and others not directly noted here, it can be said with certainty that Past Times at Bayside High gives audiences more than enough to appreciate in considering the set’s bonus materials.  Of course it is just one of the bonus features included in the set.  The documentary focusing on the show’s music and the older, shorter featurettes featured alongside those two new bonuses add their own share of insight and entertainment for viewers.  When all of the bonus featurettes and docs are considered together, the insight and entertainment that they collectively supply viewers just as much to appreciate as the set’s primary content.  Keeping this in mind, the primary and secondary content presented in this box set make the set complete in every sense of the word.  The set’s packaging does just as much as the content to make the set complete.

The packaging of SBTB: The Complete Collection is important to note because of its own presentation, Good Morning, Miss Bliss is packaged in its own two-disc box, while SBTB is split into three separate boxes, the first two containing the series’ four primary seasons.  The third box contains the college years and SBTB movies.  On the back of each box is an episode listing complete with episode title and original air date.  That listing is complimented by a bonus companion booklet outlining the episodes along with a brief but concise summary for each episode.  There is even an explanation early in the booklet about the order of the episodes and the cast’s ages as well as an introduction outlining Good Morning, Miss Bliss’ place in the history of SBTB.  As if that is not enough, the companion booklet also outlines which episodes come with bonus feature-length audio commentary and who provides said commentary.  When all of this is considered in whole, the packaging of this set shows clearly why it is just as important to discuss in examining the set as the content.  When this is considered along with the primary and secondary content presented in the collection, the whole of that content and packaging even more so makes the box set truly complete, and honestly, one of the year’s top new family box sets.

Shout! Factory’s recently released box set Saved By The Bell: The Complete Collection is an anthology that definitely lives up to its title.  That is proven in part, as discussed here, through the primary content presented across the set.  The primary content presented is the full, true complete run of Saved By The Bell from start to end, including the series complete predecessor and the items that followed.  The secondary content (I.E. the bonus content) strengthens the foundation formed through the primary content, adding even more for audiences to appreciate.  The packaging adds its own content to appreciate in the episode listing, companion booklet and actual physical packaging.  Each of the items, as listed, is crucial in its own way to the whole of Saved By The Bell: Complete Collection.  All things considered, they make the set a collection that truly is complete in every sense of the word.  That completion makes the set one of this year’s top new family box sets.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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‘The Beverly Hillbillies: The Official Fifth Season’ Is Another Welcome Addition To Fans’ Collections

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The 1960s is one of the greatest eras of the television industry.  It was during this great age that American audiences were treated to what has since become some of the most memorable television series of all time over just three networks.  ABC had Bewitched, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Batman.  NBC had Star Trek, Bonanza and Get Smart.  CBS meanwhile was the real powerhouse, turning out The Andy Griffith Show, Gilligan’s Island, The Beverly Hillbillies and so many other major hit series.  Thanks to a partnership between Paramount and CBS Home Video, many of those classic series have recently been released and re-issued on DVD and Blu-ray, either in part or in whole in recent years.  Nearly 40 years after the series was canceled as part of what has since become known as “the rural purge,” fans of The Beverly Hillbillies finally started getting proper, official releases of that award-winning series with the release of the series’ second season.  Almost five months after its release, Season Three got its first-ever official release.  Seasons Four and One would follow in 2014 and 16 respectively, and now on Oct. 2, Season Five finally will make its DVD debut thanks to that partnership between CBS and Paramount.  The fifth season of The Beverly Hillbillies is another enjoyable offering for audiences.  That is due in part to the work of the series’ writers.  This will be discussed shortly.  The work of the series’ cast is just as notable as that of the show’s writers, and will be discussed a little bit later.  The set’s average price rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own way to the set’s presentation, as will be pointed out here.  All things considered, they make The Beverly Hillbillies: The Official Fifth Season another welcome addition to the home library of any of this classic series’ fans.

The first-ever release of The Beverly Hillbillies: The Official Fifth Season is a welcome addition to the home library of any of the classic series’ fans.  That is even with the release being a bare-bones set lacking any bonus features.  Even with that lack, it still proves a success overall.  That is due in no small part to the work of the series’ writers, as is evidenced throughout the season’s 30-episode run.  Right from the season’s outset, audiences get a nonstop laugh riot as Jethro tries to install a party line for Granny, so that she can be nosy.  It’s obvious in watching this episode, that it played a distinct influence in so many telephone jokes used in another of series creator Paul Henning’s series, Green Acres.  What makes this episode so entertaining is that it is still just as relevant today as it was way back in its debut on Sept. 14, 1966.  Every neighborhood, whether rich or not, has that one person who is a busybody and thinks that he or she just has to be all up in everybody’s business except for their own.  The result offers plenty of laughs.  The season’s Christmas episode, “The Christmas Present” is another wonderful example of why the writers’ work is still deserving of kudos to this day.  The Clampetts turn Christmas on its ear this time as they end up selling Mrs. Drysdale’s clothes; clothes that she was going to donate.  Of course, the Clampetts don’t know that she was going to donate the clothes.  Their whole purpose is to use the money to buy a present for her, so obviously, the comedy of errors (of sorts) that happens as a result offers its own share of laughs.  “Super Hawg,” which comes late in the season’s run, is yet another fun, original offering from the series’ writers this season.  This time out, the Clampetts discover a hippo for the first time and mistake it for a giant pig.  Of course, it just so happens that it’s in the Drysdales’ back yard because they are using it for another of Mr. Drysdale’s many schemes.  On a side note, one can’t help but think many of the same people who wrote for The Beverly Hillbillies must have written for Bewitched considering that Darrin’s boss, Larry Tate always had some scheme up his sleeve, and was very much like Mr. Drysdale in terms of his personality.  Getting back on track, the episodes noted here are just a few examples of what makes this season’s writing so enjoyable.  Even among the seemingly endless stream of stories centered on Granny trying to marry off Ellie May, Jethro trying to get a girl, and Jed having to play peacemaker in it all, there is still some originality this time.  One could cite the laugh riot episodes, “The Flying Saucer,” (which played on the B-movies of the time, and was also very similar to a certain episode of another hit CBS show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.) “Jed in Politics” and “Granny Retires” as three more examples of that continued originality.  When all of the episodes noted here are coupled with the rest of the season’s episodes, it becomes clear why the writers behind The Beverly Hillbillies deserve their own share of credit in this season.  Of course their work is only some of the work that deserves praise.  The cast’s work on screen deserves its own share of credit, too.

The cast’s work on camera, even despite some of the recurring story lines, shows why the series continued to be a leader on television even five seasons in.  Case in point here is Buddy Ebsen’s handling of Jed in ‘The Indians Are Coming.’  This episode, which came about halfway through Season Five, is one that clearly was so politically incorrect that there’s no way it would ever be on television today.  The episode sees Granny concerned that Native Americans want to take over the Clampett’s land back in the Ozarks, when in reality the issue is just a minor land dispute.  Jed, always having to play peace keeper, has to try to convince Granny that there is nothing to be concerned about.  His straight-man persona, set against Granny’s manic, close-minded character, makes for one of those classic odd-couple performances that makes classic television in general so beloved.  As the episode progresses, Mr. Drysdale, in his own uneducated mindset, dresses up as a Native American Chief to greet the two Native Americans who have come to Beverly Hills to discuss the land boundary issue.  Raymond Bailey (Vertigo, Tarantula, Picnic) does a spectacular job here displaying how close-minded and uneducated Americans of European descent were about Native Americans and their culture.  Sadly, many Americans are still somewhat uneducated and close-minded about Native Americans to this day.  To that end, Drysdale’s presence in this moment is another of those moments that is just as relevant today as it was in its original presentation.

A little earlier in the season’s run, a marketing scheme from Mr. Drysdale in “The Flying Saucer” leads to another outstanding performance from the series’ cast.  This time, Drysdale has hired a group of height-challenged (is that the correct term to use?) Italians to pose as aliens for yet another of his marketing schemes to promote his band.  Of course, being that the scheme is under wraps, Granny and Jethro (Irene Ryan – The Woman on the Beach, Petticoat Junction, Will You Stop! and Max Baer, Jr. – Macon County Line, The Wild McCullochs, Ode To Billy Joe) believe that the trio really is from another world.  Baer’s reaction, taking his suitcase out to the front of the Clampett mansion, waiting to be “picked up” is another of those classic moments because he really believes that other aliens are on the way to Earth.  Ryan’s take on Daisy/Grandma is equally entertaining as she is rather scared.  Again, there is that contrast of personalities.  The juxtaposition of Jethro and Granny’s reactions ensures audiences’ engagement, and again shows the continued talent of the series’ cast, give seasons into the show’s run.  It’s just one more example of the cast’s talent this season.  “Jed in Politics” is yet another example of that continued talent, as is “The Soup Contest” and “The Dahlia Feud.”  Between all of these noted episodes and those not noted here, it is clear from the season’s premiere to its finale, that the cast offers audiences just as much to appreciate as the show’s writers.  When the two elements are coupled, they form a solid foundation for The Beverly Hillbillies: The Official Fifth Season.  When one takes into consideration this season’s average price point, it proves to be money well-spent.

Using prices from Walmart, Best Buy, Target and Amazon, the set’s average price point comes to $21.48.  The most affordable price seems (at the time of this posting) to be from Amazon, at $20.59.  Considering that the set is a bare-bones presentation that lacks any bonus features, one might think that even $21.48 is a little expensive.  But taking into consideration the enjoyment that all 30 episodes offer audiences, that lack of bonus material can actually be overlooked.  What’s more, the very fact that audiences are presented with 30 episodes (instead of the current standard of 12-13 episodes presented in today’s shows), that leads to nearly 12 hours of enjoyment for audiences of all ages.  That enjoyment will lead audiences to agree that even without any bonus material to compliment the episodes, that noted average price of almost $22 is in fact actually quite affordable and worth paying in the end.  Keeping all of this in mind, that affordable price point, set alongside the entertaining writing and acting, makes The Beverly Hillbillies: The Official Fifth Season another enjoyable addition to the home library of any of this classic series’ fans.  More information on this and other titles from CBS Home Entertainment is available online now at:

 

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Shout! Factory Announces ‘SBTB: The Complete Series’ Bonus Features List

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Shout! Factory has announced the bonus materials to be included in the upcoming release of Saved By The BellThe Complete Collection.

The bonus features that will be included with the new collection are headlined by two brand new making-of documentaries — “Past Time at Bayside High: Making Saved by the Bell” and “Bayside’s Greatest Hits: The Music of Saved by the Bell.”

Also featured in the collection will be the featurettes, “Saturday Morning: From Toon to Teen,” “It’s Alright: Back to the Bell,” “The First of Its Class: From Sitcom to Icon,” audio commentaries, photo galleries and a 16-page companion booklet.

Saved by the BellThe Complete Collection is scheduled to be released Oct. 2, and for true devotees of the timeless series, this set gets right what the show’s previous series offerings have gotten wrong.

Whereas previous sets — including the most recent from Lionsgate — omitted the college years, this set includes those episodes and the previously omitted “Good Morning, Miss Bliss.”  The full, 86-episode series run spans 2,790 minutes across 16 discs and even includes the rare Saved by the Bell movies as an added bonus. They were previously omitted from the series’ most recent release.

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NBC’s ‘The Good Place’ Shows Impressive Growth In Its Second Season

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On September 27, NBC’s quirky new comedy The Good Place returns for its third season.  The renewal came as a surprise to many when it was originally announced, and now the show’s heads are promising plenty of surprises from the series in its upcoming season.  While audiences wait for Season Three’s premiere, they can catch up with the story so far thanks to the recent release of the series’ second season on DVD.  Season Two proves to be a notable improvement from Season One, despite the clear ratings drop between the two seasons.  That is proven in part through the series’ writing, which will be discussed shortly.  The work of the series’ cast is just as notable as that of the series’ writers.  It will be discussed later.  While writing and acting anchor the second season of The Good Place, the two-disc set’s average price point does just as much to make audiences appreciate this season as its content.  When it is considered alongside said content, the whole of this season’s home release proves to be a presentation that is an enjoyable installment of The Good Place.

The second season of NBC’s the Good Place is an enjoyable new installment of what is one of the network’s most notable series, and now thanks to Shout! Factory, it is available on DVD.  Season Two is actually an improvement over the series’ debut season, despite what the ratings may lead some to think.  That is proven in part through the season’s writing.  This season launches with Michael struggling to constantly reboot his project because Eleanor, Chidi, Jason and Tahani keep figuring out that they’re really in the bad place instead of the good place.  Seeing Michael’s reaction each time is worth its own share of laughter, so compliments to the writers are deserved there.  His reaction at trying to cover up his constant failures is just as entertaining as another of the town’s demons basically blackmails him on one side and then the humans blackmail him on the other side, only to befriend him.  That reaction ties into another element of the writing that stands out this season – the character development – which will be discussed momentarily.  Staying on the matter of the story development, audiences see Michael and company eventually leave “The Good Place” and make their way to a “limbo” of sorts and eventually to “Bad Place Headquarters” before even being sent back to Earth, not to give away too much.  This is all important to note because it shows the writers’ ability to keep the story progressing, knowing that if they kept the whole thing in “The Good Place,” that it wouldn’t take long for ideas to dry up and in turn for the show to end.  Considering this, the way in which the writers progressed the story, moved it away from the “Good Place” and into other venues in itself keeps the story fresh and interesting, showing the show’s promise.  It’s just one part of what makes the writing stand out this time.  The character development, as noted earlier, plays into the writing, too.

This time out, the writers created far more character development not only for Michael, but also for Chidi, Eleanor, Jason and Tahani. It’s nice to see all five figures grow and interact together throughout the course of this season.  One of the most notable moments of the group’s interactions comes as Michael has an existential breakdown after realizing what humans deal with on a philosophical level.  It’s such a brief moment, but so entertaining to see the ability to use philosophy to generate laughs and also to show the reach of star Ted Danson’s acting abilities (which will be discussed later).  Staying on that same page (and not to give away too much), when Michael “turns” and “shows his true colors” it’s nice to see that the writers didn’t take the usual route, but instead leave viewers wondering which side he is on at first.  Of course it does become obvious which side he’s on as the demons tear down the town, but the overall execution of that part of that story arc is to be commended, too.  It shows that Michael really has the potential (and maybe even hidden desire) to be good just like his human friends.  This plays out even more later in the season, leaving audiences to see even more development from Michael that is certain to be a key point in Season Three.  That character development aspect won’t be given away here for the sake of those who have yet to see Season Two.  It is a nice element, though and is certain to entertain audiences plenty.  On a lesser note, Janet develops as a character this time out, too, and while at first this development is somewhat annoying – considering it takes that all-too-familiar romance story line – it’s good to see that said story line isn’t allowed to take over the season’s developments.  The same goes to the relationship between Eleanor and Chidi.  If either of these story lines had been allowed to have any more prominence than they did, they would have ruined Season Two.  Luckily though, they were kept under control, so compliments to the writers for keeping those story elements to a minimum.  Each writing element does its own part this season to entertain audiences.  When they are joined, they form a strong foundation for Season Two that gives audiences plenty to appreciate.  Of course the writing is just that, a foundation.  The work of the cast on camera strengthens that foundation even more.

As has already been noted, Ted Danson’s “Michael” is given more development over the course of Season Two.  That development also leads to some of the best acting this season.  His noted existential breakdown late in the season’s run is one of the season’s funniest moments.  That is especially the case as audiences see the result of that breakdown.  Not to give away too much, but it leads Michael to have something of a mid-afterlife-crisis that includes Janet and a sports car.  These moments are some of Danson’s shining moments in Season Two, but not his only highlights.  His subtle cues to his human friends during the roast make this moment entertaining, too.  That’s because he doesn’t go over the top in pointing out his clues.  Even viewers who pay the closest attention might miss them, adding to the enjoyment later after they are revealed.  The moment in which he reveals the truth of his plan to get the humans to the real “Good Place” is another wonderful moment in which Danson’s acting shines this time out.  It would have been so easy for him to ham it up in this clearly key emotional moment, yet he handled the moment expertly, revealing to viewers just as much to the humans that maybe, just maybe there is a desire to be good.  It’s a moment that makes him much more of a sympathetic character.  When it is considered with all of his laugh riot comedic moments, the whole of those moments (including those not noted here), they make Danson’s performances one of the best this season of any of the cast.

While Danson’s performance throughout Season Two stands out, one cannot ignore the performance of William Jackson Harper.  Harper’s presentation of the high-strung ethics professor Chidi is another highlight of the season’s performances.  His reaction at trying to teach his counterparts (and even Michael) different ethical and philosophical topics makes for just as much reason to watch as Danson’s work on camera.  This is especially apparent in his interactions with fellow co-star Manny Jacinto (who plays Jason).  The juxtaposition of Jason’s less than intelligent mindset to Chidi’s too-smart-for-his-own-good persona hints back at the likes of Laurel and Hardy or even the Skipper and Gilligan (which was in its own way, an updated take on Laurel and Hardy).  One could even make a comparison with this pairing to Abbott & Costello’s back and forth.  Every time the pair interacts, each man puts on his best face, giving such a wonderful performance and plenty of laughs.  This is just part of what makes Harper’s performance memorable this season.  His deadpan reaction to Michael as Michael gives a rather incorrect remark about the trolley predicament is another great moment.  Again, no to give away too much, but what he makes Michael do as punishment will have any grownup laughing.  On another note, when Chidi reveals his feelings to Eleanor, it shows Jackson’s ability to handle dramatic acting just as well as comedic acting.  It would have been easy for him to ham up the moment way too much, but he didn’t let the scene get away from himself.  Rather, he made the most of the moment, and truly made the revelation one of the season’s most shocking and powerful moments.  Considering this and his outright comedic prowess (which hints somewhat at his work on PBS’ short-lived reboot of The Electric Company – yes, Mr. Harper, this critic appreciates that work, too), Jackson’s performance is another highlight this season.  It still is not the last of the performances worth noting.  D’Arcy Carden’s (Broad City, Barry) is another notable performance.

Carden’s take on Janet as Janet develops presents its own share of interest.  One of her most notable moments comes as she tries to come to terms with the revelation of a previous relationship with Jason.  Again, not giving away too much here, but her deadpan, mechanical reaction (since Janet is supposed to be a robot) as she tries to process the situation and her feelings lends itself to comparisons with Brent Spiner’s take of Data trying to understand human emotions on Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Watching her take in the reality despite knowing that she is an artificial intelligence so casually will definitely keep viewers engaged.  The same applies as she realizes that her glitching is tied to the aforementioned revelation.  On another note, her struggle to become a “Bad Janet” as the group makes its way to the “Bad Place Headquarters” and tries to navigate the party there is worth its own share of laughs.  Seeing her do something that is so out of place for her and seeing her discomfort shows her own growth as a character while also offering plenty of laughs.  She of course finally handles the needed change in a surprise twist that won’t be revealed here.  It is just as surprising as Chidi’s revelation of his feelings for Eleanor and helps the story advance nicely in the process.  When one considers Carden’s acting alongside that of Jackson and Danson (as well as the rest of the cast), it goes without saying that the cast’s work presents its own positives to Season Two’s presentation.  When those positives are coupled with the positives in the season’s writing, both elements show so much overall growth this season.  That growth, in turn, presents plenty of hope for Season Three.  Keeping all of this in mind, the average price point for Season Two’s two-disc set makes all the laughs and overall entertainment worth it.

Using the nation’s biggest retailers – Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon – and Shout! Factory’s own store – since the set has been distributed via Shout! Factory – the average price point of The Good Place: Season Two comes in at $14.68.  With taxes, that brings the set’s average price point to just over $15.  That is not an overly expensive price point, considering so many DVD box sets run anywhere from $30 – $40.  Paying on average $15 for two discs means that on average the set is a little more than $7 per disc or roughly $1.25 per episode.  Again that is a relatively affordable price.  Considering how much growth is displayed in this season both in regards to its writing and the cast’s work, that is saying plenty, too.  Keeping all of this in mind, this season’s set is one that clearly proves worth the purchase whether one is a fan of The Good Place or a new viewer.

The second season of NBC’s quirky ethics-based series The Good Place is a welcome new entry to the series.  It is an entry that new fans and those who have watched from the first season will appreciate.  That is due in no small part to the season’s writing.  the writing displays plenty of growth from the characters and in the story itself.  The work of the series’ cast shows its own growth, too, offering just as much entertainment.  The set’s average price point is relatively affordable at $15.  That is not a bad price for the entertainment offered by the noted writing and acting.  Keeping all of that in mind, the second season of NBC’s The Good Place proves worth the purchase for fans of this quirky young comedy. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via Shout! Factory’s online store now.  More information on The Good Place is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory To Re-Issue ‘Saved By The Bell’ This Fall

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It’s time to go back to Bayside!

For the first time in almost five years, NBC’s classic Saturday morning series Saved By The Bell is getting a full-series set on DVD, and it’s all thanks to Shout! Factory.  Saved by the BellThe Complete Collection is scheduled to be released Oct. 2, and for true devotees of the timeless series, this set gets right what the show’s previous series offerings have gotten wrong.

Whereas previous sets — including the most recent from Lionsgate — omitted the college years, this set includes those episodes and the previously omitted “Good Morning, Miss Bliss.”  The full, 86-episode series run spans 2,790 minutes across 16 discs and even includes the rare Saved by the Bell movies as an added bonus. They were previously omitted from the series’ most recent release.

Pre-orders are open now for the set at Amazon.  More information on Saved by the BellThe Complete Collecion and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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Shout! Factory, NBC Taking Audiences Back To ‘The Good Place’ This Summer

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Shout! Factory and NBC are teaming up again to bring audiences the second season of NBC’s hit comedy The Good Place on DVD.

The Good PlaceThe Complete Second Season is currently scheduled for release July 17 in stores and online.  Originally airing this past September (Sept. 20, 2017 to be exact), this 13-episode season follows Eleanor’s continued adventure in the afterlife.

As Season Two opens, everyone’s mind has been wiped because of the events of Season One.  Of course, Eleanor and her friends eventually figure out what’s going on, leading to more mind wipes and things going back and forth.  Eventually, they realize the “good place” is in fact the “bad place.”  Along the way, Michael shows his own character development after realizing increasingly his own failings.  This leads the season’s story to get even more interesting, not to mention the season’s other subplots.  It all leads to a very surprising season finale that is sure to leave audiences talking.

Along with its 13 engaging episodes, Season Two’s home release also includes a handful of bonuses including extended episodes, feature-length commentaries, gag reel and visual effects reel.  The commentaries come from series creator Michael Schur, Executive Producer Drew Goddadrd, Producer Megan Amran and actor Ted Danson.

The Good PlaceThe Complete Second Season can be pre-ordered online now direct via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on The Good Place is available online now at:

 

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