PBS Distribution Announces New ‘Dinosaur Train’ DVD Release Date

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids

PBS Kids’ Dinosaur Train will take families beneath the Earth’s surface this winter on a brand new DVD.

Dinosaur Train: What’s At The Center of the Earth? will be released on Tuesday, Feb. 21 exclusively on DVD – one day after it is scheduled to premiere on PBS Kids stations nationwide.  It will feature four more episodes that will focus on various geological topics from fossils to minerals and more.

The collection will also feature some fun other episodes for a total run time of two hours.  It will retail for MSRP of $12.99  The disc’s episode listing is noted below.

DINOSAUR TRAIN: WHAT’S AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH? EPISODE LIST

  1. What’s at the Center of the Earth? – Layers

 

  1. What’s at the Center of the Earth? – Fossils

 

  1. What’s at the Center of the Earth? – Troglobites

 

  1. What’s at the Center of the Earth? – Minerals

Dinosaur Train: What’s at the Center of the Earth? can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on the new DVD is available online now along with more Dinosaur Train episodes, games, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Presents The History of America’s First Subway System In New ‘AmEx’ Episode

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Courtesy: PBS/Public Media Distribution

Public Media Distribution has announced it has another new episode of PBS’ hit history-based series American Experience due out later this month.

American Experience: The Race Underground will be released on Tuesday, February 28.  Based on the book by author Doug Most, this episode of American Experience takes audiences back in time to one of the most important eras of the nation’s transportation history—the advent of Boston’s first subway system.

Boston was America’s most crowded city during the 1800s, with almost 400,000 crammed into a downtown region of less than a single square mile.  More than 8,000 horses filled the streets, pulling people around the city.  Between the nuisance of their waste, the general crowding and noise caused lots of problems.

Frank Sprague changed everything when he developed the first model for a modern subway that rivaled that of London.  It wasn’t without its detractors, either.  The subway would eventually be constructed, and lead to the construction of subway systems in New York and Philadelphia, revolutionizing transportation in some of America’s biggest cities.

This episode of American Experience follows the story of how Sprague’s revolutionary idea laid the groundwork for what has become a primary means of mass transportation in those and other cities.  The hour-long program will retail for MSRP of $24.99 and can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at a reduced price of $19.99.  It is also available in a bundle pack with Most’s book for $31.99.

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

 

 

 

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PBS Kids Releasing Another New ‘DTN’ DVD Next Month

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

Public Media Distribution is taking families back to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood next month with another new collection of the series’ episodes on DVD.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Visits The Farm will be released on Tuesday, March 14 in stores and online.  The series’ latest DVD release, it will feature four more episodes from the family-favorite animated show.

This collection teaches young viewers important lessons about accepting help from others, responsibility and proper ways to express emotions all while entertaining them and their parents.  The DVD’s complete episode list is noted below.

 

DANIEL GOES TO THE FARM EPISODE LIST

 

  1. Daniel and Margaret Visit The Farm

 

  1. Clean Up Time

 

  1. Daniel Uses His Words

 

  1. Margaret’s Bath Time

 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Farm will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs is available online now along with more Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood games, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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Cooks Of Every Skill Level Will Enjoy The Ninth Season Of ‘Cook’s Country’

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Courtesy: PBS/Public Media Distribution

This past November, Public Media Distribution released the ninth season of PBS’ hit cooking series Cook’s Country on a two-disc DVD set.  Much like every season before, the series’ ninth season is loaded with lots of tasty dishes for every night of the week and for every season that cooks of every level can make.  That is the most important piece of the program’s presentation. While the dishes featured in this season of Cook’s Country do plenty to make it an enjoyable watch, it does suffer from at least one negative, that being one of its listed episodes is in fact missing from its presentation.  This is, again, despite being listed on the box.  It must be addressed.  Even as much as a problem as that one missing episode poses to Season 9’s overall presentation, it is the season’s only downside in its recently released DVD set.  On the positive side audiences once again get to print out the recipe for every dish displayed in this season.  That includes the chocolate truffles despite the episode missing from the set.  Cook’s Country Season 9 clearly isn’t perfect. Even with its one clear con, this season of Cook’s Country is still another enjoyable course in the bigger meal that is Cook’s Country.  It will leave audiences hungry for many more courses to come.

Cook’s Country Season 9 is not a perfect installment of the long-running hit PBS culinary series.  Even despite being another perfectly appetizing offering from the long-running series, it is still another enjoyable course in the bigger meal that is Cook’s Country.  That is due in no small part to the dishes that are presented over the course of the season.  The dishes that are featured throughout this season are culinary delights that cooks of any level can make.  Grilled Sugar Steak, Husk Grilled Corn and Breakfast Pizza are items that any everyday cook can make any day or night of the week.  More “seasoned” chefs will enjoy cooking up Prime Rib and Potatoes with Red Wine-Orange Sauce, French Coconut Pie and Cedar-Planed Salmon with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce.

That the series would once again offer audiences such a broad swath of recipes is nothing new this season.  To that end, it is its own positive.  It is just one part of what makes this season’s offerings so important.  Just as important to note of the featured recipes is their broad cultural reach and their seasonal reach.  From Italian (Zeppoles, Pasta with Mushroom Sauce) to Latin (Chicken Chilaquiles) to Cajun (New Orleans Muffulettas) to Southern cuisine (Tennessee Pulled Pork) and beyond, this season offers tastes from a number of cultural sources, and some educational content that will keep viewers just as easily keep audiences engaged.  Add in the fact that these recipes are not specific to just spring, summer, fall or winter and audiences see even more why the dishes featured this season are so important to the season’s overall presentation.  When this information is set alongside the fact that the dishes can be made for cooks of every level, it shows with full clarity why the dishes are themselves so important to the overall presentation of Cook’s Country Season 9.

The dishes that make up the body of Cook’s Country Season 9 form the foundation of the season’s presentation.  They are so important because they will appeal to cooks of all abilities.  They also once again represent a broad swath of cultural backgrounds and are perfect for every season.  While the dishes featured in this season prove to be so integral to the season’s presentation, they do present at least one problem.  That problem lays in the fact that at least one episode is oddly missing from this season.  The episode in question is that of the Chocolate Truffles.  The episode, included in the set’s “Sweet Indulgences” segment is noted in the set’s episode listing.  However, in watching Season 9, audiences will find that this segment is missing from the episode selection.  The segment’s Milk Chocolate Cheesecake and Swiss Hazelnut Cake segments are both there.  But the Chocolate Truffles segment is missing.  Whether that was just an error on the part of PBS and Public Media Distribution or something totally intentional is anyone’s guess.  One must hope the omission of even one episode was unintentional.  It seems trivial to even make note of the omission, true.  But if a certain number of episodes is listed, one is going to expect to see every episode.  To that end, even that one omission takes away from the overall viewing experience in this season.  It’s not enough to completely negate the season’s positives, but it is still a con that must be noted, regardless.

The omission of the Chocolate Truffles episode in this season is a con that cannot be ignored.  That is because while it doesn’t ruin the season’s overall presentation, it does still detract from the season’s presentation.  Noting again that it doesn’t totally ruin the season’s presentation, that means there is still at least one more positive to note in examining the season’s presentation.  That positive is the availability of the season’s dishes for print.  Once again, Public Media Distribution and PBS have made it easy for audiences to print out the recipes for every single dish featured this time out.  Even though the Chocolate Truffles episode is strangely absent from the viewing experience, it is still there for print.  That means audiences can add to their own cookbooks even more delectable dishes from one of television’s culinary series.  It means being able to make any or all of the dishes at one’s own time, (hopefully) stress-free.  It rounds out the season’s most important elements.  When it is set alongside the season’s wide-reaching recipes, both elements more than make up for the season’s one single con.  They make Cook’s Country Season 9 yet another enjoyable course in the bigger meal that is Cook’s Country that will leave audiences hungry for many more seasons of the series.

The ninth season of PBS’ hit culinary series Cook’s County is yet another delectable entry from the hit kitchen-based series.  The dishes featured throughout the season are items that cooks of every skill level can make.  They also reach across so many different cultures.  The educational content that comes with each dish adds even more depth to each episode.  The fact that audiences can once again print out each dish’s recipe (including that of the missing chocolate truffles episode) adds even more enjoyment to this season.  Both elements are important in their own way to the ninth season of Cook’s Country.  Altogether, they make up for the fact that at least one of the season’s episodes is missing despite it being listed on the season’s box.  All things considered, Cook’s Country Season 9 will appease every foodie’s appetite in every way.  It is available now and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other seasons of Cook’s Country is available online now at:

 

 

 

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‘Command And Control’ Is An “Explosive” New Episode Of ‘American Experience’

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

On September 18, 1980 America narrowly escaped what could have been one of the worst nuclear disasters that it has ever experienced when a Titan II ballistic missile exploded in its silo in Damascus, Arkansas.  PBS recently profiled the near catastrophic event in a new episode of its history-based series American Experience titled American Experience: Command And Control.  This two-hour program is a visualization of author Eric Schlosser’s book by the same name.  It is a powerful presentation, too that is certain to keep its audiences enthralled just as easily as any big screen action thriller.  That is due in part to its story, its most important element.  The information that is provided within the story is just as important to note as the story itself in examining the program’s overall presentation.  The program’s dual presentation rounds out its most important elements.  Each element plays its own important part in the program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make this episode of American Experience a documentary that is certain to command and control any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries.

American Experience: Command And Control is the first great documentary of 2017.  This two-hour program is certain to command and control any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries all year.  That is due in no small part to the story at the center of the program.  The story at the center of this program follows the events that unfolded on September 18, 1980.  It follows the events almost hour-by-hour from the events ahead of the near catastrophe to the fallout (no pun intended) that followed from the event.  It is right up there with some of the biggest action flicks of the 20th century.  In fact, being a real life event and not overly embellished by Hollywood writers, it is even more enthralling. Speaking of Hollywood blockbusters, the story’s transitions are just like something that would be used in a major Hollywood production.  It is a minor element, but even as small as it is, it does so much to keep viewers entertained and engaged in the story.  It should also be noted that the story includes a rather scathing indictment of the military and its protocol as the story is told.  That indictment comes direct from those involved in the event.  It also presents a warning about the dangers of nuclear weapons and relying on nuclear buildup as it provides a history on the nuclear weapons accidents that happened before the Damascus accident.  It should be noted that considering the discussions that are raised by those involved in the accident, not every viewer will want to watch this story because of their views.  But those who are not so set in their ways will enjoy and appreciate this story and all of its elements.  Speaking of those elements, they lead into another important piece of the program’s whole, its information content.

The story at the center of AE: Command and Control is in its own way a key piece of the program’s presentation.  It is a story that is just as engaging as any Hollywood blockbuster of its kind, if not even better.  It is just one of the program’s key elements. The information that is presented throughout the story is just as important to note as the story itself.  Audiences learn over the course of the program’s two-hour run time that the 1980 incident was just one of a number of accident that had happened since the end of World War II.  There is mention of the H-Bomb incident in North Carolina and other accidents that happened before and after.  At the story’s end, audiences learn that between the Damascus incident and others, thousands of incidents had been reported by the military but not made public.  It is even revealed here that the Air Force tried to cover up the Damascus incident, which luckily didn’t turn out to be as bad as it could have been, but still could have been.  Thousands of people could have died not just in Arkansas but across the country had it been worse.  That the military didn’t initially tell the public about what was happening as it happened is understandable to a point.  It is also very troubling considering how bad the situation could have been and how many lives could have been lost.  Audiences also learn of how poorly the men involved in trying to stop the incident were treated by the military after the event as part of the presented informational content.  It probably wasn’t the first time the military has done its officers so wrongly, and definitely not the last time it has ever acted so wrongly toward those who wear the assigned uniform.  Between those revelations and other items presented throughout the program, audiences will find that the information presented throughout this program is indeed just as important to its presentation as its story.  It is not the last important element to note, either.  The program’s dual presentation rounds out its most important elements.

The story at the center of AE: Command and Control and the information that makes up the story are both key elements to the program’s presentation.  That is because of their ability to keep viewers engaged, informed, and entertained.  They combine make the program just as gripping as any big screen presentation crafted by any Hollywood screen writer.  As important as they are to the program’s presentation, they are not its only important elements.  PBS Distribution presents the program in both a standard hour-long presentation and a full two-hour presentation.  Why PBS Distribution would even go that route is anyone’s guess.  Perhaps that has to do with its use at certain levels in high school and beyond.  It is possible maybe younger high school-age viewers would only have an attention span for an hour-long presentation while older audiences would be more apt to sit the entire two-hours.  It would be interesting to find out why exactly the company went this route.  Regardless, giving audiences the option of the program’s hour or two-hour-long presentation is certain to be beneficial in one way or another depending on the setting in which each is used.  When this is set alongside the program’s story and its rich depth of information, it rounds out the program’s most important elements.  It joins with them to show once and for all why this program is such an interesting watch.  It is a piece that students and lovers of military history and history in general will appreciate.  All things considered, it is a program that will command and control any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries.

American Experience: Command and Control is a work that students and lovers of military history and history in general will appreciate.  It is a work that is certain to command and control any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries.  That is due to its wholly engaging story.  The story presented here is just as enthralling as any major Hollywood action thriller with a similar plot.  Being that it is real life, it is even more enthralling than those movies.  The information that makes up the body of the program adds even more depth to the viewing experience.  It will educate audiences and potentially shock them at the same time.  That is because of the revelations that are made throughout the program.  That audiences are given the choice to watch the program in its abbreviated, hour-long presentation and its full two-hour theatrical presentation makes the experience even more engaging.  Each element plays its own important part to the program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make this episode of American Experience a program that will command and control any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries.  It is available now on DVD.  It can be ordered online now via PBS’ store both by itself and in a bundle pack with Schlosser’s book.  More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Bringing ‘Odd Squad: The Movie’ Home Later This Month

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

Things are going to get a little bit “odd” for lots of families later this month thanks to PBS Distribution.

PBS Distribution will release Odd Squad: The Movie Jan. 24 exclusively on DVD.  It marks the first time that the movie has ever been released since airing late last year on PBS Kids stations nationwide.  In its biggest adventure yet, the Odd Squad has to deal with a new group of problem solvers called The Weird Team.

The Weird Team is led by Weird Tom (Jack McBrayer—30 Rock, Despicable Me, Wreck-It Ralph) and has a gadget to solve any problem.  This forces the Odd Squad to call it quits and go back to their normal lives.  However, a discovery about that gadget leads the Odd Squad’s down time to be short-lived.

Instead of fixing problems, The Weird Team’s gadget only covers up problems instead of fixing them.  When this is revealed, the Odd Squad has to team back up to save the world from utter destruction.  Audiences can view a trailer for the movie online now here.

Odd Squad: The Movie will be released Jan. 24 exclusively on DVD.  It will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  More information on this and other Odd Squad DVDs is available online now along with games, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Taking Audiences Back To Mercy Street Next Month

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution is headed back to Mercy Street this winter.

Mercy Street: Season 2 will be released on Tuesday, Feb. 14.  It will be released on DVD (MSRP $39.99) and Blu-ray (MSRP $49.99).

The hit Civil War serial drama’s second season picks up right where its first season left off in its debut season, starting with the Seven Days’ Battle and ending at Antietam.  Audiences are also taken along for the ride as Dr. Foster, Nurse Mary and the Mansion House Staff try to balance their personal and work lives.

The show’s writers didn’t forget about the Green Family in Season Two, either.  The Green family is back again, and the growing black population in Alexandria comes into play in Season Two, too along with so much more.

While many familiar faces return for Season Two, a number of new faces come into the series, story, too.  Patina Miller (Pippin, Madam Secretary, the Hunger Games – Mockingjay: Part 1 & 2) debuts in Season Two as former slave turned abolitionist Charlotte Jenkins.

Brian F. O’Bynre also makes his debut in Season Two.  He comes on board as abolitionist Allan Pinkerton, based on the real-life Allan Pinkerton.  Pinkerton is also head of the Union Intelligence Service.

Also debuting in Mercy Street’s second season are Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Heidi Chronicles), Lyne Renee (Of Kings and Prophets, Strike Back, The Hippopotamus), Chris Wood (The Carrie Diaries, Vampire Diaries), William Mark McCullough (Underground) and Nyambi Nyambi (Mike & Molly).

The cast returning for the series’ second season includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead (BrainDead, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Returned, The Spectacular Now), Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother, Liberal Arts, Disgraced), Gary Cole (Veep, The Good Wife, Enterourage) and many others.

Audiences can view a trailer for the second season of Mercy Street online now here.  Fans can pre-order Mercy Street: Season Two online now via PBS’ online store at a reduced price of $34.99 (DVD) and $44.99 (Blu-ray).  More information on Mercy Street is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.pbs.org/mercy-street

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