PBS Taking Audiences To The Dead Sea In New ‘NOVA’ Episode

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The Dead Sea is dying, but not everybody is ready to let one of the planet’s great natural wonders go dry.

In a new episode of its hit science-based series NOVA, the slow decline in the sea’s level is examined along with the efforts to save the sea.  Scientists, engineers and political leaders have devised a way to try and save the Dead Sea — construction of a large desalination plant.

If the plant works, it will connect the Dead Sea with the Red Sea.  Success would not only save the Dead Sea but also play a crucial role in political tensions and water shortages in the Dead Sea region.

NOVASaving The Dead Sea is scheduled for release July 16 on DVD and Digital.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 through PBS’ online store.

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PBS Taking Viewers “Back To The Moon” In New ‘NOVA’ Episode

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With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission nearing, PBS and PBS Distribution are marking the occasion with a new episode of NOVA.

NOVABack to the Moon is scheduled for release July 30 on DVD and Digital.  the program focuses on the future of space travel while also looking back at the history of the efforts to reach the final frontier.  It looks at the missions planned for the future of space flight, from the moon to the asteroid belt.

The program also also looks at the resources that might be available in space as mankind looks to the stars.

NOVABack to the Moon will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 at PBS’ online store.  more information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

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New ‘NOVA’ Episode To Tell New Military History Story

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PBS has added another new story to the history of warfare with a new episode of its hit series NOVA.

NOVAThe First Horse Warriors is scheduled for release July 16 on DVD and Digital.  The story at the center of this episode of NOVA examines the history of horses in combat.  While horses were originally used for trade purposes and to herd livestock, they eventually became a key part of warfare around the world.

This new episode of NOVA examines when horses first became so crucial to military campaigns.  It does so by taking viewers to the grassy plains of Kazakhstan, where wild horses still roam free today and nomadic herders follow their traditional way of life.

Researchers using archaeology, and genetics work to solve the question of when horses first went from peaceful purposes to those of war.  In the process, the research also uncovers a once lost group of warriors who used horses in their campaign across Europe. That same group, the research finds, is the ancestors of millions of people worldwide today.

NOVAThe First Horse Warriors will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

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PBS Celebrating Moon Landing Anniversary With New ‘AmEx’ Episode

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July 20, 1969 is one of the most important dates in the history of space flight.  It was on that day that the first human stepped foot on the moon.  This year marks 50 years since that landmark even happened, and to celebrate the history-making event, PBS Distribution will release a new episode of American Experience in the form of American ExperienceChasing The Moon.

American ExperienceChasing The Moon is scheduled for release July 9 on DVD and Blu-ray.  The three-part, 360-minute (six-hour) story is spread across three discs on each platform.  brings the story of the moon landing to a whole new generation of viewers.  It does so without any narration, using instead, real, vintage footage and interviews with those who played key roles in the moon landing, such as Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman, Bill Anders and Poppy Northcutt to tell the story.

American ExperienceChasing the Moon will retail for MSRP of $34.99 (DVD) and $39.99 (Blu-ray), but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $29.99 (DVD) and $34.99 (Blu-ray) through PBS’ online store. A bundle package featuring the program on Blu-ray, a coffee table book and mug is also available for $74.99.

More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online at:

 

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PBS Distribution Announces ‘Endeavour: Season Six’ Release Date

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PBS Distribution is bringing the sixth season of the British crime drama Endeavour home next week.

EndeavourSeason 6 is scheduled for release July 9 on DVD and Blu-ray.  Shaun Evans returns as the series’ titular character Endeavour Morse alongside co-star Roger Allman, who portrays Detective Inspector Fred Thursday for four more episodes of murder and mystery.

Season Six picks up right where Season Five left off.  The Oxford City Police Department has been dissolved and combined with the Thames Valley Constabulary.  Detective Constable George Fancy remains in the minds of everybody from the Oxford City Police Department, even as the longtime friends and co-workers are all filling new roles in the new merger of departments.

In the season premiere — “Pylon” — Morse is back in uniform, working a quiet, rural region of Oxford when he discovers the body of a missing schoolgirl.  Problems within the Castle Gate CID leave Endeavour to take the lead on the case and prove the innocence of a teenage suspect and find the girl’s real killer.

Episode Two — “Apollo: — is Evans’ directorial debut.  The story in this episode ties the impending Apollo 11 mission to the death of a young astrophysicist and his girlfriend.  The couple’s death in a car accident seems at first, to be completely accidental.  However, a deeper investigation leads to the suspicion of foul play.  In turn, Morse must get Thursday’s help to investigate and solve the case.

In Episode Three — “Confection” — Morse investigates the death of a successful chocolate factory owner.  The investigation leads Morse to connect the confectioner’s death to another murder — that of a young, single mother.

The season finale — “Duguello” — centers on the death of a librarian, leaving Morse and Thursday to become their own Holmes and Watson.  All the pair has to go on in their investigation is a pair of muddy boot prints.  Morse’s investigation leads to an unlikely suspect.

EndeavourSeason 6 will retail for MSRP of $39.99 on DVD and $49.99 on Blu-ray.  the DVD can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $34.99 and the Blu-ray at a reduced price of $44.99 via PBS’ online store. More information on Endeavour is available online now at:

 

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‘The Great Baking Show: Seasons 1-5’ Streaming Now On PBS Living Prime Video Channel

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PBS brought another of its series to its streaming service this week.

The first five seasons of the British import series The Great British Baking Show are streaming now on PBS Living Prime Video Channel through Amazon.  The series’ first five seasons of the popular cooking show were added to the channel Friday. Subscription to the service is $2.99/month.

Sue Perkins and Mel Diedroyc serve as hosts for the series over the course of its first five seasons while Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood serve as the show’s judges.  Each of the series’ first five seasons runs 10 episodes in length.

PBS Distribution Co-President Andrea Downing was upbeat as she talked about the addition of the series to PBS Living Prime Video Channel in a recent interview.

“We are delighted to be able to provide all five of the original seasons of the Great British Baking Show to our PBS Living audience,” Downing said.  “It is another great addition to our continuously growing library of popular and iconic lifestyle content on the channel.”

Apple users can stream all five seasons of The Great British Baking Show through Apple TV Channels.  They are also streaming through PBS’ own streaming service, Passport.

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Viewers Will “Find” ‘Finding Your Roots” Fifth Season Appealing

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The fifth season of PBS’ popular genealogy-based series Finding Your Roots is officially available on DVD.  Released late last month, the three-disc set is a good offering, though is sadly lacking in at least one area, its packaging.  This negative will be discussed a little later.  Before touching on that topic though, it would be best to discuss one of the set’s positives, and that is the season’s guest list.  It will be addressed shortly.  The set’s average price point is another of its positives.  It will be discussed later.  Each item noted here plays its own key part in the whole of Finding Your Roots: Season Five.  All things considered, this latest season set from PBS’ popular series is another presentation that fans of the series will enjoy.

The fifth season of PBS’ popular genealogy-based series Finding Your Roots is another presentation that fans of the series will enjoy.  That is due in part to the season’s guest list.  This season’s guest list once again presents a wide array of celeb guests.  From NFL great-turned TV host Michael Strayhan to author George R.R. Martin to comedian/actress Sarah Silverman to broadcast journalist Ann Curry and more, this season reaches across the celeb spectrum.  There are also appearances by Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio, just to name a couple of well-known figures from the world of politics.  Reaching from across the celebrity community is nothing new for FYR.  The series has profiled well-known figures from across the various celebrity worlds as far back as its debut season. What is even more interesting about the celeb profiles is the note of each person’s humble family roots.  So many of the celebs featured this season have ancestry that is anything but upper class.  Rather, their ancestors were more often than not, humble immigrants who came from nothing – both in America and other parts of the planet – to start the lives in America that eventually made way for the show’s guests.  It serves as a reminder that at their *ahem* roots, the celebrities that the show’s guests are themselves just ordinary people.  They are no greater than the rest of us, and they and their families are just a portion of what truly makes America great, not the hate spewed by some about the nation’s diversity.

The guests featured in this season of Finding Your Roots build a strong foundation for the series’ DVD presentation.  They and their stories are more than enough reason for audiences to take in this season from start to end.  While they do plenty to make this season as appealing as its predecessors, the season is not without at least one notable flaw.  That flaw is the lack, once again, of any episode guide.  There is no episode guide printed anywhere inside or outside the set’s box or on the discs and their on-screen menus.  Given, there is a guide – of sorts – in the on-screen menus, but the problem there is that the episodes have titles instead of guest lists.  This is not the first time that this has been an issue for the series’ DVD releases, either. It goes back as far as the home release of the series’ second season, and has been an issue ever since.  On the surface, some might think this aesthetic issue is not overly important, but it is in fact quite important to the show’s home presentation.  Not having an episode guide means viewers have to take extra time going through DVDs and/or searching episode listings online to figure out which guests are featured on which discs.  This wastes viewers’ time as they try to decide which episodes to watch.  Simply knowing which guests are featured on which disc will help viewers make their decision which episode to watch much faster.  To that end, yes, this is an aesthetic element, but even as menial as it seems to the set’s overall presentation, it is still quite important in its own way.  Maybe if the show reaches Season 6, those responsible for assembling the season’s DVD sets will take this into account.

While the lack of an episode guide is of at least some concern to the overall presentation of Finding Your Roots’ fifth season, it is not hardly enough to make the season unwatchable.  It just would have been nice to have had that element, which is so commonplace in most TV series’ DVD and BD box sets.  There is one other positive to note in examining the set’s overall presentation – its average price point.  The set’s aver age price point – using listings at PBS’ store and those of Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Book Sellers and Books-A-Million – is $30.38.  Considering that so many triple-disc sets from other series’ range between $35 and $40, such an average price point is not that bad.  The least expensive listing is at Amazon, at $24.73, while the most expensive is listed at Books-A-Million, at $39.99.  Best Buy and Barnes & Noble’s listing of $27.99 is the most common listing, at $27.99, which is also the midway point of the price listings.  Regardless of whether consumers purchase this set from the Best Buy (which is clearly not the best buy in this case), from Target or even Amazon, a portion of that money still goes back to PBS.  Add in the fact that this season features more than a dozen more interesting celebrities and engaging, entertaining stories, the noted price range is not too bad.  It easily could have been far more expensive from one retailer to the next, but thankfully was not.  Keeping all of this in mind, Finding Your Roots: Season 5 proves to be another welcome offering from PBS.

The fifth season of PBS’ popular ancestry series Finding Your Roots is another good offering from the network.  It features another mass of celebs from across various professions.  Their stories serve as a reminder that they are not celebs, but are in fact on the same level as us.  That is evident through the stories of each guest’s family history.  The set’s average price point is, in comparison to multi-disc sets from other series, relatively affordable.  Those elements combine to offset the set’s one negative of no episode guide, and in turn, make the set another appealing offering for the series’ fans.  Finding Your Roots: Season 5 is available now.  More information on the series is available online now at:

 

 

 

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