2017 World Series Box Set Hits It Out Of The Park On Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Family Box Sets List

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Family programming.  What does one think of when one hears the term?  One probably thinks of stuff that appeals more to kids than it does grown-ups, right?  I.E. cartoons and other programming aimed at younger viewers.  The reality of family programming is that it can include programs that grown-ups can watch with their younger counterparts, whether it is something new or perhaps even something older such as the classic television shows that today’s grown-ups watched when they were children.

Keeping all of this in mind, one might ask what does that have to do with anything.  It is important to note in setting up Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Family DVD/BD Box Sets.  This year’s list features titles that will appeal to children and grown-ups alike.  Some of the material might even appeal to both audiences at the same time (E.g. Cook’s Kitchen Season 10 and America’s Test KitchenSeason 17).  Both titles are included in this list alongside the ninth season of Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants and even the 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition, which the whole family can watch together.  For those families who already enjoy baseball, it’s a great watch.  For those parents perhaps hoping to connect with their children over a common interest, it’s just as critical.  Add in everything in its presentation, and it proves an important release all the way around.

Also included in this year’s list are new Peanuts collections from Warner Home Video as well as the “new” Real Ghosbuters DVD set, which was released this past October.  It features “over 100 episodes” of the series.  That still is not the entire series, but it is more cost efficient than buying each of the standalone collections separately.  Originally aired in France, the programs included in those box sets definitely stand out from their American counterparts, but could still be entertaining for the whole family.  For older youths, this list also features recent releases from Saban’s Power Rangers universe.  Even Green AcresThe Complete Series has been pulled over as it might not wholly appeal to younger viewers, its content is appropriate for the whole family.  It is a family friendly sitcom — something that is sadly missing from television today.

Between the titles noted here and the others that make up the rest of this list, audiences will see that there is plenty out there for the whole family — just as much as there is solely for grown-ups.  As with every previous list, this list features this critic’s Top 10 new Family DVD/BD Box Sets alongside five additional titles for a total of 15 titles.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 new Family DVD/BD Box Sets.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW FAMILY DVD/BD BOX SETS

  1. 2017 World Series Collector’s EditionHouston Astros
  2. Green AcresThe Complete Series
  3. C.O.P.S.The Animated Series
  4. Cook’s CountrySeason 10
  5. America’s Test KitchenSeason 17
  6. Spongebob SquarepantsThe Complete Ninth Season
  7. Sports DetectivesSeason 1
  8. PeanutsSnoopy Tales
  9. PeanutsGo Team Go
  10. PeanutsSchool Daze
  11. Power Rangers SPDThe Complete Series
  12. Power Rangers Mystic ForceThe Complete Series
  13. Power Rangers Jungle FuryThe Complete Series
  14. The Secret World of Alex MackThe Complete Series
  15. The Real GhostbustersVol. 1 – 10

That’s it for this list.  Now we’ve got the top new box sets for grown-ups and for families.  Again, some of the grown-up sets are just as viable as family entertainment as they are for grown-up audiences.  That is a testament to the ability of their content to reach a wide range of viewers.

While this list is now done, there’s still work to be done.  There is still a list of the year’s top new Children’s DVDs as well as potentially the year’s top new independent movies, theatrical releases and overall movies to wind down the year.  It can’t all be guaranteed before the year ends tomorrow, but this critic will try nonetheless.  So stay tuned!

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Shout! Factory, Saban Annouce Release Date For Latest Power Rangers Mega-Set

Courtesy: Saban Brands/Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Saban Brands/Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory and Saban Brands have announced that they will release another mega-set from Saban’s hugely popular Power Rangers franchise this Spring.  The companies have announced that they will release Power Rangers Seasons 13 – 17 on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014.  The five-season set includes the complete runs of: Power Rangers S.P.D., Power Rangers Mystic Force, Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, Power Rangers Jungle Fury, and Power Rangers RPM.  The set is comprised of one hundred sixty-six episodes on twenty-one DVDs.

Along with the episodes, Power Rangers Seasons 13 – 17 will also include a number of bonuses.  Among them are: “Rangers on Set!,” “Ranger Tales”, “Collect ‘Em All”, “The S.P.D. Rangers Want You”, “Special Messages From The Mystic Force Rangers”, “Mystic Force: Forces of Nature”, “Operation Overdrive Files” and loads more.  Audiences get to hear from cast members of the featured seasons in “Rangers on Set!”  The featured cast members share their personal thoughts on the sets used for their respective series.  The cast members also get to share their own thoughts on what it means to be part of the Power Rangers franchise in “Ranger Tales.”  Fans get their time in the spotlight, too in the included bonus features.  “Collect ‘Em All” features various fans of the franchise and their favorite Power Rangers toys and collectibles.

More information on the Power Rangers Seasons 13 – 17 mega set will be released in the months to come.  Fans can keep up with all of the latest updates on this and other Power Rangers releases online at http://www.facebook.com/powerrangers, http://www.powerrangers.com, http://twitter.com/powerrangernews, http://www.shoutfactory.com, and http://www.facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Power Rangers Seasons 13 – 17 can be pre-ordered now online via the Shout! Factory online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/power-rangers-seasons-13-17.

Stine & Co. Offer Even More Scares And Screams In The Haunting Hour Volume Two

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R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour is back with even more frights in the second volume of episodes that’s sure to send chills p the spines of viewers young and old alike.  In the second volume of episodes, one young boy’s fascination with E.T.’s becomes all too real and all too dangerous when he comes face to face with two aliens who are hungry for humans.  Also, when a cemetery is dug up to make way for a mini-mall, the spirits of the deceased rise, leading a young woman to have to search for her brother.  And a young man learns the dangers of playing too many video games the hard way when he’s given a game by a mysterious figure.  That’s and more is in Volume Two of R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.

Young middle school student Walt and his friend Tim are both avid believers in the existence of extra terrestrials in the episode, “Alien Candy.”  So when the mysterious Bonnie and Greg suddenly introduce themselves to Walt one day and their secrets, he gets wrapped up what the pair tells him to do.  That is until they appear in his bedroom out of nowhere one night and reveal that they’re in reality a pair of flesh hungry aliens from outer space!  Luckily for Walt, “Bonnie” and “Greg” are allergic to redheads.  So instead, they go after Tim.  Realizing this, Walt sets out to save Tim, who at first doesn’t believe Walt, until it’s almost too late.  When Tim and Walt are chased through the school, the chase climaxes with a showdown in the school’s cafeteria kitchen.  In the end “Bonnie” and “Greg” are defeated.  But that’s not the end of the story.  Stine and company offer a rather “tantalizing” twist ending to this episode that viewers will have to see for themselves to believe.  It will also leave some asking themselves, do they believe?

Those wanting a ghost story get one in this volume in the episode, “Ghostly Stare.”  When brother and sister Mark and Lauren sneak out to a cemetery that is being dug up to make way for a new mini-mall, things get more than a little spooky.  Mark falls into one of the empty graves while Lauren is etching the name from one of the gravestones.  She has no clue that Mark had fallen in the grave.  So when she goes back home later, she thinks that the thing with her is Mark.  But later that night, a ghostly encounter reveals that what followed her home was the spirit of one of the individuals whose body had been dug up.  So Lauren has to go back to the cemetery to find Mark before dawn.  Otherwise, the spirit that took Mark’s place would take his place permanently.  Luckily, Mark comes to and gets out of the grave just in time.  It’s not over yet, as the show’s writers give audiences a creepy little twist when Mark gets back home.  It’s sort of like the old adage…never judge a book by its cover…..

In another of this volume’s spooky episodes, a young teenage boy named Kelly learns the hard way the dangers of playing too many video games.  Kelly and his friend Gary are playing a video game one day when Gary’s mom calls him.  Kelly is left alone, when a message from the mysterious Major Mayhem pops up, egging him on to meet him the next day.  So he does.  Kelly receives a game called “Zee-town.”  “Zee-town” is a game in which players must fight zombies to win.  Gary and Kelly soon discover after turning on the game, that they have actually been pulled into the game.  Eventually Kelly comes face to face with Major Mayhem (played by Brandon Jay McLaren).  Some audiences may remember McLaren from his role as Jack Landors/Red Ranger from Saban’s Power Rangers SPD.  Thinking everything is great after beating Major Mayhem, Kelly soon learns that while he beat Major Mayhem, he might not have won in the bigger picture, leading to yet another nice twist ending.

Whether it be episodes teaching lessons about getting away from video games, or spooky tales about waking the dead, or what’s really out there, The Haunting Hour Volume Two has lots of scares and screams for audiences of any age, including a pair of episodes not mentioned here.  And it’s available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at http://www.shoutfactorystore.com.       

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