PMD, Smithsonian Channel Take To The Skies With New Box Sets

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Smithsonian Channel and Public Media Distribution are taking to the skies next month with the release of two seasons of its hit series Air Warriors.

Public Media Distribution will release Air Warriors: Season One on Tuesday, May 2nd and Air Warriors: Season Two on Tuesday, May 23rd.  Much like Discovery Channel’s classic series Wings, Air Warriors focuses on some of the military’s most well-known aircraft.  That includes jets and helicopters.

Season One focuses on one of the military’s most successful warplanes in the F-15 Eagle and its most powerful chopper, the AH-64 Apache.  Season One also focuses on the V-22 Osprey, which ever since its creation, has been talked about both for good and bad reasons.

In the series’ second season, three more well-known military aircraft take center stage in the form of the A-10 Warthog, the Blackhawk, and the Prowler/Growler.  The Warrthog has been under scrutiny by military and political leaders ever since the creation of the F-35 fighter jet, but controversy over the jet has kept the Warthog a key piece of the military’s airpower to this day.

The Blackhawk has been a lightning rod of its own throughout its life.  The chopper has been a symbol of power, much like the Apache.  However, it has been the center of controversy because of the number of crashes involving the chopper throughout its existence.

The Prowler/Growler remains an integral piece of the military’s operations. The Prowler is a descendant of the A-6 Intruder, which played a key role in the Navy’s operations in Asia in the mid-20th century.  The Prowler has been used by the military since 1971. It is no longer used by the Navy, but is still in use by the United States Marine Corps.

The Growler replaced the Prowler in the Navy’s arsenal in 2015. The jet is an offshoot of the FA-18 Superhornet, and has been in operation since 2009.

Air Warriors: Season One will retail for MSRP of $29.99 and Season Two for the same price.  Both seasons can be pre-ordered online now at a reduced price of $24.99 each at PBS’ online store.  Both seasons can also be ordered together in one set at a bundled price of $44.99.

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‘Peg + Cat’s’ First Movie Is Coming To DVD

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Public Media Distribution will release  PBS Kids’ very first Peg + Cat movie this May.

Peg + Cat: Peg and Cat Save The World will be released exclusively on DVD on Tuesday, May 23.  In the pair’s debut movie, Peg and her fury blue friend are asked to help save the world from an opera-singing pig that is on a collision course with Earth.  The task is put on the pair by the President, voiced here by Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh.

The two-part movie’s run time is 60-minutes.  It will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  It will be listed soon at PBS’ online store.  More information on the new DVD is available online now along with all of the series’ latest news, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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New WWII Doc Presents Stories From The War Below The Waves

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Public Media Distribution and Smithsonian Channel are partnering to bring audiences some rarely told tales from World War II this spring.

Hell Below will be released on DVD on Tuesday, April 8. The six-part series presents stories of the war below the waves throughout World War II. It starts in 1940 as Hitler’s U-Boats start attacking allied convoys in the Atlantic and the Allies’ response to the attacks.

The series’ second segment, “Hitler’s Revenge,” begins in December 1941.  Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Karl Donitz, German Commander of U-Boats, looks to capitalize on the chaos that ensued with what was dubbed Operation Drumbeat.  He orders five German subs to sail to New York Harbor and launch an attack there, which they did with some success.

The impact of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and New York are presented in the series’ next segment, “America Fights Back.”  This segment shows America’s efforts to transform its sub fleet from patrol vehicles to predators.  The effort is fraught with danger, too, as is evidenced in this episode.

The segments listed here are just part of the story presented in Hell Below.  The series has three more episodes for audiences to take in, including a gripping story about a June 1944 effort by an Allied sub crew to save Allied commandos in Japanese-held Borneo and an equally powerful story about the USS Tang that will keep audiences just as engaged.

The six segments that make up the body of Hell Below span almost five hours on two discs.  The double-disc set will retail for MSRP of $29.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at a reduced price of $24.99.

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PBS Has “Dug Up” A Brilliant New Work In ‘AmEx: The Race Underground’

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Courtesy: PBS/Public Media Distribution

Mass transportation is one of the most important pieces of any metropolitan region’s infrastructure.  From the wheels on the bus to the wheels on the trolley to the wheels on the subway cars, moving the masses from place to place is just as important to any metro region and its neighbors as anything else.  So it only makes sense that eventually PBS would present a documentary on the history of one major mass transit method.  The last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television, it did just that earlier this week when it released to DVD American Experience: The Race Underground.  This lesson on the history of America’s subway systems will appeal to everyday audiences just as much as it will people who run America’s major metro regions.  That is due in no small part to its story.  This will be discussed shortly.  The information presented within the story is just as important to discuss as the story itself.  The transitions used to keep the program moving rounds out its most important elements.  Each element plays its own important piece in the program’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make American Experience: The Race Underground another welcome episode of PBS’ hit history-based series and one more of this year’s top new documentaries.

American Experience: The Race Underground is a program that will appeal just as much to everyday audiences as it will the people who run America’s major metropolitan regions.  It is a presentation that those audiences will want to *ahem* race to see.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.  The story at the center of the program is just one of the elements that makes it such an interesting presentation.  A close, analytical viewing of this episode of American Experience reveals to be a two-part tale.  The primary story presented in this program shows, of course, the birth and evolution of America’s subway systems.  On another level, it presents a story of one man’s dream realized and denied.

The primary story presented in this episode follows the evolution of America’s subway system from a mere dream in Frank Sprague’s mind to one of the most revolutionary means of transportation (if not the single most revolutionary) at the time.  That in itself is its own intriguing history lesson.  The secondary story shows how Sprague’s dream has obviously become realized through the growing evolution of subway transportation across the country (and even across the world) yet denied because he never got the full credit he deserved for his invention thanks to one Thomas Edison.  That story, when coupled with the program’s main story, becomes the stuff of major Hollywood blockbusters.  The combination of those two stories into one whole is just one part of what makes this episode of American Experience such an interesting documentary.  The information that is presented within those stories is just as important to note in examining the program’s presentation as the stories themselves.

The stories that form the foundation of American Experience: The Race Underground are in themselves key to this program’s overall presentation.  That is because they make the program just as interesting as any major historically-based blockbuster ever churned out by Hollywood’s “Big Six” studios.  While they are critical to the program’s presentation, they are not its only key elements.  The information provided within the stories is what makes the stories so interesting.  One of the most intriguing pieces of information that audiences learn over the course of the episode’s nearly hour-long run time is that even after Sprague’s idea was finally taken on by the city of Boston, it didn’t just fly right through.  Instead, there was a lot of opposition from the city’s residents.  That created quite a rift between the city’s residents and its government.  Just as interesting to learn is that for many people, their opposition was based on puritanical religious beliefs.  For others, the opposition rose from concerns about where the city wanted to run the subway.  Even more interesting to learn is that if not for Sprague’s success with his experiment in Richmond, there’s no telling how long it would have taken for America’s first subway station to be developed or where.  So really, while Boston had the first subway system, Richmond should really take credit for being the true birthplace of American’s first subway system.  It’s like the battle between North Carolina and Ohio over which is the true birthplace of aviation.  This is all just the tip of the proverbial iceberg with this story’s information.  Audiences will be shocked to learn that despite the eventual success of the new subway system, Sprague’s dream ultimately was denied thanks to his company being bought out by none other than Thomas Edison.  That ultimately denied Srpague the fame and wealth that he could have had, and shows yet again how Edison profited off of someone else’s success rather than his own.  Between this revelation, the others already noted and so many others, it becomes clear why the information shared throughout this program is so important to its presentation.  When all of that information is coupled with the program’s two-part story, the end result is one that will most definitely keep audiences enthralled right to the end.  Interestingly enough, it still is not the last element to note in examining the program’s overall presentation.  The program’s transitions are just as important to note as its stories and its breadth of information.

The stories shared throughout the course of American Experience: The Race Underground and their companion information are both key pieces of the program’s overall presentation.  Both by themselves and together, they are certain to keep audience engaged from beginning to end.  While they are both clearly important in their own right to the program’s presentation, one cannot ignore the importance of the program’s transitions in keeping audiences’ attention, too.  The transitions used to advance the story are clear and concise from one segment to the next.  They are basic fade-ins and fade-outs. Their placement comes at all of the proper spots, too, never leaving audiences hanging at the end of any segment.  They aren’t hard fades, either.  Rather, they are smooth fades, and in turn make stopping and starting between segments so easy.  The thought put into those transitions adds one more layer of enjoyment to the program’s presentation.  When set against the program’s equally interesting stories and companion information, the whole of the elements makes this program one to which audiences will “race” themselves to watch.  They combine to make it a work that will “race” up any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries.

American Experience: The Race Underground is just the latest episode of PBS’ hit history-based series to be released so far in this still young year.  Even being so new to home release, it can be said that it is certain to “race” up any critic’s list of the year’s top new documentaries.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Smithsonian Channel’s New Sports History Series Coming To DVD This Spring

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Courtesy: Smithsonian Channel/Public Media Distribution

This spring, Public Media Distribution and Smithsonian Channel will partner to release the first season of a new program for sports lovers everywhere.

Sports Detectives: Season will be released Tuesday, April 4 in stores and online.  The program follows Kevin Barrows–former FBI agent, private investigator and security consultant–as he and CBS Sports Network personality Lauren Gardner as the pair hunt for key sports artifacts that have either been lost or claim to have been found.

The duo makes its way across the country in its hunt and learn vital stories from different sports’ histories in the process.  One of those stories is the real story behind the Kentucky Derby’s War Admiral Trophy.  Another involves the alleged disappearance of Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run ball from the 1988 World Series.  The whereabouts of the “Immaculate Reception” football is investigated in this series, too among so many other stories.

Sports Detectives spans 300 minutes on two discs.  It will retail for MSRP of $29.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from Smithsonian Channel 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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