‘Sesame Street: Dance Party’ Will Have Audiences Dancing For Joy

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The countdown is officially on to one of the most important anniversaries in the modern history of television.  On November 10, Sesame Workshop will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Sesame Street (take that Simpsons).  As the beloved, long-running series’ anniversary nears, Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop are continuing their celebration of the series and its historic run with yet another new DVD.  Sesame Street: Dance Party was released Tuesday.  The DVD is a presentation that Sesame Street’s fans both young and old alike will appreciate.  That is due in part to the DVD’s primary content, which features lots and lots of dancing mixed in with some important educational content to boot.  This will be addressed shortly.  The DVD’s bonus content is just as certain as its primary content to keep audiences entertained, and will be addressed a little later.  The primary and secondary content taken into consideration together, they make the DVD’s average price point just as appealing to audiences as that content.  All things considered, this DVD in whole will have audiences of all ages dancing together for lots of reasons.

Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop’s latest Sesame Street DVD, Dance Party is a presentation that will have viewers of all ages doing their own happy dances.  That is due in part to the DVD’s primary content.  Clocking in just under 90 minutes, the DVD’s primary content creates a starting point on discussions about the varied forms of dance that exist throughout America and the world through each of its separate segments.  The whole thing starts with an entertaining segment that finds the Sesame Street “gang” doing their own ballet performance.  The catch is that Big Bird’s best friend Snuffalupagus joins in, leading Allan to have to figure out how to lift everyone’s favorite furry, friendly mammoth.  This leads to an important secondary aspect of the DVD’s primary content that will be addressed shortly.  Getting back on track, everything ends up working out in the end, but not without plenty of laughs for the whole family.  It’s just one of the segments that makes up the DVD’s primary content.  Bert and Ernie make their own music video in another segment.  This segment teaches its own important lesson that will also be addressed shortly.  The varied dance styles (and the fact that it uses an episode from the height of the “Angry Birds” craze adds even more to its appeal.  It’s one more way in which the segments serve to create such appeal.  They don’t just come from one specific era of Sesame Street’s history.  Most of the segments are from  the series’ more recent years, given, but it is still nice to see the segments come from more than just one period of the show.  Bert and Ernie’s music video is not the only one that gets some screen time in this new DVD.  Prairie Dawn and her friends make their own music video that will appeal to country music fans as it presents its own take on “The Farmer in the Dell.”  That segment alone creates plenty of smiles among audiences, too.  The same can be said of the brief segment featuring Jason Derullo, who puts on a short hip-hop dance exhibition.  Between that moment, the others noted here and more, the whole of the DVD’s primary content will keep viewers just as entertained as they are engaged from beginning to end, learning about the various types of dances that exist.  Those introductions serve as their own starting point for larger discussions on the cultures from which the dance styles were spawned.  That also serves as its own important part of the DVD’s primary content.

As noted, the fact that the brief introductions to the various dance styles that exist serve collectively as a good starting point for discussions about the cultures that spawned the dance styles.  They are just some of the extra discussions that will take place among audiences as a result of the DVD’s primary content.  The DVD’s opening segment finds Allan and other members of the Sesame Street gang working to figure out how to lift Snuffy as part of their ballet dance number.  This plot element is a subtle lesson about problem-solving skills.  How the group finally figures out how to lift Snuffy will be left for audiences to discover for themselves, but is still quite intriguing.  Of course, Allan’s attempts to lift Snuffy prior to that realization end with plenty of laughs.  It is just one of the lessons presented within the primary content of Dance Party.  As Ernie is making a video to put online, he has to learn to adapt and change the plan because things don’t always go as planned.  This is a vital life skill for not just children, but adults, too.  Just as many adults seem to forget this key life skill just as much as children.  To that end, it is a reminder that again, viewers of all ages will appreciate.  On another level, the lesson about just how much work goes into making a music video in the segment featuring Prairie Dawn and company shows audiences of all ages just how much time and work goes into making videos.  It isn’t the invaluable life lesson featured in the other noted segments, but is still interesting in its own right.  When it is considered along with the other lessons, the whole of the group does more than enough to show even more, the importance of the primary content to the whole of Dance Party.  While the breadth and depth of the primary content featured in this DVD forms a solid foundation for its presentation, it is only one of the DVD’s most important elements.  The disc’s secondary content plays its own important role in the whole of the DVD.

The secondary content featured in Dance Party is a full-length episode of Sesame Street.  The episode in question comes from the mid 2000s.  The whole thing opens with a musical story that finds Elmo causing everyone on Sesame Street to sing everything.  How and why this happens will be left for viewers to discover for themselves.  It’s hardly the first time that any program has gone this route.  It is a plot element that has been used through the years on so many programs, most recently on Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger. Even with that familiarity, there is something endearing about the segment, which takes up somewhere in the range of 15 minutes of the nearly hour-long program.  As the episode progresses, viewers are treated to a rather interesting episode of “Flying Fairy School” and even what looks like a vintage “live action” segment that finds a quartett of performers doing an a capella performance about the letter “M.”  The whole thing wraps up with a full segment of the now beloved “Elmo’s World.”  Each segment offers its own entertainment value.  All things considered here, they will keep viewers just as engaged and entertained as will the DVD’s primary content.  To that end, the bonus content that is featured with Dance Party proves just as enjoyable as the DVD’s main feature.  When the DVD’s main and secondary content are considered together, they make the DVD in whole well worth the money spent.

The money spent on Dance Party averages to approximately $12.33.  That price is reached by averaging prices listed at Shout! Factory’s store, those of Walmart, Target, Amazon, Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  The DVD was not listed at Best Buy’s website at the time of this review’s posting.  While Shout! Factory’s listing of $13.98 was not the most inexpensive listing, it also was not the most expensive.  That title goes to the listing at Books-A-Million, at $14.98.  Shout! Factory’s listing is the second most expensive at $13.98 while the most common listing – at Walmart, Target and Amazon – is $10.99.  It is also the most inexpensive listing.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ listing of $12.04 is the mid-point listing.  Regardless of which retailer customers choose, Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop will benefit from a portion of the sales.  Keeping all of this in mind, customers who buy the DVD will get hours of entertainment, education and engagement, and in the process, will also benefit the continued broadcasting of one of the most important programs to ever hit the airwaves.

Sesame Street: Dance Party is a DVD that is certain to have audiences of all ages celebrating.  That celebration will come in the form of their own dances as well as dances with the segments featured throughout the DVD.  That is due in part to the DVD’s primary content, which features dances from a wide array of cultural backgrounds.  The bonus full-length episode of Sesame Street adds its own share of enjoyment to the DVD’s presentation for every viewer.  Considering the content that makes up the body of the disc, it makes the DVD’s average price point of less than $20 a wise investment for any family.  That is because families will find themselves enjoying the noted content together time and again.  Keeping all of this in mind, the DVD in whole will have audiences of all ages dancing for joy as they dance along with the DVD’s content.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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Shout! Factory Taking Audiences Back To ‘The Good Place’ Tuesday

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Shout! Factory is bringing the third season of NBC’s sitcom The Good Place to DVD.

The Good PlaceSeason Three is scheduled for release July 30.  The 13-episode season proved to be a critical hit among audiences, received a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on now 44 reviews.

At the end of Season Two, audiences saw Michael ( Ted Danson — CheersBeckerBody Heat) and Janet (D’Arcy Carden – Broad CityOther PeopleBarry) standing before a judge (Maya Rudolph – Saturday Night LiveBridesmaidsThe Way Way Back), arguing that Eleanor (Kristen Bell – Veronica MarsFrozenForgetting Sarah Marshall) and her friends were judged unfairly and deserve a second chance.

Enter Season Three.  Eleanor and company are back on Earth and are alive.  As Season Three opens, Eleanor and company are back on Earth and making a fresh start in the two-part season premiere episode “Everything is Bonzer!”  The group’s changes for the better don’t last but for so long, leading Michael to have to intervene, even though he is not supposed to do so.

Twists and turns ensue throughout the season, with demons from the Bad Place trying to do their best (worst) to Michael, Janet and even the humans.  Meanwhile Michael and Janet learn their own important lessons along the way.  A new group of subjects is started  as the season comes to its end as the original group returns to the Medium Place.

The Good PlaceSeason Three will feature extended episodes and episode-length audio commentaries as bonus content, as well as a gag reel and visual effects reel.

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‘Space: 1999 — The Complete Series’ Is A “Universal” Hit For Science Fiction Fans Everywhere

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Shout! Factory is resurrecting the cult classic sci-fi series Space: 1999.  Due out July 16 on DVD and Blu-ray, the upcoming re-issue marks the first time that the series has received a full domestic release.  It was released most recently released in a full set overseas via Network in 2017.  Spread across 13 discs on DVD and Blu-ray, the collection is a must have for the most devout fans of the short-lived British import.  That is due in part to the set’s packaging, which will be addressed shortly.  The bonus content, which is expansive to say the least, is another key addition to the collection.  The companion booklet that is also featured with the set, rounds out the set’s most important elements.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Space: 1999The Complete Series.  All things considered, they make this first-ever domestic home release of the series one that will be difficult to top for any future re-issues domestic or otherwise.

Shout! Factory’s upcoming domestic release of Space: 1999The Complete Series is a collection that the cult classic series’ most devoted fans will appreciate.  That is due in part to the set’s packaging.  The series’ 48-episode run is spread across 13 discs in two separate Blu-ray boxes.  The discs are placed on either side of a series of plates inside each box.  While the series’ two seasons are separated out into boxes, the packaging manner for the discs actually minimizes the bulk of each box.  Even with the main bonus features being placed on their own disc inside its own third case, the set’s overall Blu-ray box size is conservative on its size because of how the discs are packaged within the cases and because Blbu-ray boxes are themselves smaller than DVD boxes.

The actual packaging of the discs is just one key item to note in examining the overall packaging of Space: 1999’s Blu-ray set.  Audiences will note that on the back of each of the collection’s main two cases is an episode listing for that season.  The episodes are specifically aligned with their respective discs.  This might not seem overly important on the surface, but in reality it is very important.  Having the episodes listed specifically on their discs saves time for viewers in deciding which disc and episode to watch.  Of course, this is nothing new for Shout! Factory’s home releases, but it is still worth noting since it is another example of that continued effort by the people at Shout! Factory to give viewers the best experience possible with each of its multi-disc sets.  While the episode summaries are not included inside or outside the cases, Shout! Factory’s people did not forget those, either.  They will be discussed a little later.  Moving on, the packaging of Space: 1999The Complete Series is just one part of what makes the collection stand out for the series’ fans.  The bonus content featured throughout the set adds even more to the set’s presentation.

The bonus content featured in this first-ever domestic release of Space: 1999The Complete Series is spread across the set’s 13-discs with the main discs featuring picture galleries from each episode.  The main bonus content is a series of featurettes and a mix of old and new interview segments.  Star Barbara Bain’s interview features her talking about her draw to the series despite not being a science fiction fan at the time that she tried out for a role on the series, but coming to enjoy her time on the show.  Bain also mentions in her interview, her interest in the show’s premise and its set.  There is also an entertaining anecdote shared by Bain here, about working with Christopher Lee in one episode of Season One.  She joked about his height and how the show’s creative heads wanted to make him even taller than his natural 6-foot 4-inch height.  That is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg here.  The discussions on the series’ concept and creation features discussions with the series’ creator Gerry Anderson – who also created other classic series, such as Thunderbirds, Stingray and Joe 90 – as well as other members of the series’ creative team discussion the series’ creation.  Anderson discusses the role that ITC had in the importing of the series to the United States while others discuss the things that went on behind the scenes.  Perhaps one of the most intriguing discussions is that of show runner Fred Freiberger, who came into the show near the end of its first season.  Anderson’s wife Sylvia speaks one way of Freiberger – essentially saying he did not understand the difference between British television and American – while cast member Nick Tate spoke a little more warmly of Freiberger.  As if all of that is not enough for viewers, there is also a look into the models that were used   That look is key because it reminds people about how groundbreaking Anderson’s series were then and are now in hindsight.  As another interviewee noted in another segment, shows of this series’ caliber can only be made in this era using CG.  Between these discussions, so many others featured in the bonus content, the bonus picture galleries and the audio commentaries also featured throughout the set, audiences get here a full and fully immersive viewing experience.  It takes the foundation formed by the set’s packaging and strengthens it even more than one could even imagine.  That foundation is strengthened more still through the companion booklet that is also featured as part of the collection’s whole.

The companion booklet that is featured with Space: 1999The Complete Series opens with a brief but concise look at the history of Space: 1999 by pop culture historian and Shout! Factory Associate Producer Russell Dyball.  The history is also an appreciation for the series, with Dyball discussing the series’ theme music, its stylistic approach, which was far different from that of Star Trek – but common for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s series – and the expansive merchandising associated with the show.  From there, the booklet features a full rundown of the series’ episodes with brief, but concise summaries of each episode.  There is even a note ahead of the episode summaries stating that the lineup is based on the series’ episode production order, the most commonly accepted episode order.  Considering that there was not enough space inside and outside the series’ cases for episode summaries, the people at Shout! Factory are to be commended for taking the time to make sure even that element was still included in one way or another with the set.  Audiences will likely end up using this episode guide even more than the episode guides printed on the backs of the cases.  It’s just one more positive to an already positive presentation that the most devoted fans of this classic series will appreciate.  When it is considered along with the previously noted positives – the packaging and the bonus content – the set in whole becomes a presentation that every Space: 1999 fan will want to add to their home library.

Shout! Factory and itv’s upcoming domestic release of Space: 1999The Complete Series is a presentation that the most devoted fans of the series and the most devoted science fiction fans will appreciate.  That is due in part to the set’s packaging.  Once again, Shout! Factory has set the bar for multi-disc packaging with this Blu-ray set.  The bonus content featured with the set adds even more interest to its whole, as it includes audio commentaries, interviews, retrospectives and picture galleries throughout the set’s 13 discs.  The companion booklet that is also featured with the set rounds out its most important elements.  Each item noted is key in its own way to the whole of the set.  All things considered, they make this collection a “universal” hit among science fiction audiences, not just fans of this series.  More information on this and other titles is available online now at:

 

 

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‘The Big Bad Fox And Other Tales’ Is A Big Great Family Presentation

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Bringing the family together just to do something like watch television and movies is something that is almost unheard of today.  It seems more and more, that television and movies have increasingly segregated families within the bounds of their own homes.  This summer though, Shout! Factory and GKids will release a new presentation that will certainly bring families back together in the form of the French import The Big Bad Wolf and Other Tales.  This roughly 80-minute presentation is due out on July 16 on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.  While it is French in its origin, the upcoming import is dubbed in English, so American audiences won’t have to worry about reading subtitles versus watching each of the three shorts that make up the body of the presentation.  That is just one of the collection’s notable elements and will be discussed a little later.  The most notable of the presentation’s elements is its three collective shorts.  They will be discussed shortly.  The bonus content featured with the collection puts the final touch to the presentation of The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales.  It will also be discussed in this analysis of the presentation.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales.  All things considered, they make the Big Bad Fox and Other Tales a collection that will entertain audiences of all ages and certainly bring the whole family together once again.

Shout! Factory and GKids’ upcoming domestic release of The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales is one of the most surprisingly enjoyable DVDs/BDs to come along so far this year in the Family DVD/BD genre.  Originally having made its debut June 21, 2017 in its home nation, its release on July 16 through Shout! Factory and GKids marks the first time the collection of shorts has seen a domestic release.  Being the collection’s domestic debut, it is a strong debut that even the most skeptical American audiences will enjoy.  That is due in part to the collection’s featured stories.  The collection is presented as a three-part play of sorts put on in a theater by a group of animals.  The first story is that of three of those animals – a pig, fox and duck – filling in for a supposedly injured stork, delivering a little baby girl to her new parents.  The physical comedy that is incorporated into the story harkens back to the old slapstick of the Looney Tunes cartoons and other similar animated shorts franchises.  That comedy ticks along at a stable pace along with the story, with the pairing ensuring lots of entertainment along with engagement.

The second story finds a not so big bad fox trying to steal chickens from a farm, but ends up becoming a surrogate “mother” to a trio of young chicks after he steals the eggs from their mother hen.  In the process, the fox has to deal with a far less nice wolf (who is introduced through a playing of the wolf’s introduction from ‘Peter and the Wolf’) and eventually learns a very valuable lesson about accepting himself for who and what he is.  That revelation leads to a heartwarming finale that will not be given away here.  It can be said that the finale will certainly leave a smile on the face of even the most hardened viewer.

The final act of the “play” is a holiday story that finds the trio from the first story joining together to save Christmas after one of the group accidentally knocks down a plastic Santa.  Thinking he has killed what the Brits call “Father Christmas” (Santa here in the U.S.), the animal sets off with his friends to play Santa and deliver their own presents to the children of the world.  The story’s finale will leave viewers of every age smiling and laughing just as much as the other stories featured in this collection.

Even after the collection ends, there is still something interesting to note.  Audiences who sit through the credits will find that a very well-known movie studio *coughs* Disney played a part in this collection, albeit a minor role.  There is also a rather delectable recipe for crepes featured at the finale of the credits.  The whole thing ends with a frog janitor putting on his own brief dance number for one last laugh before he walks off stage and turns off the theater’s lights.

The stories that make up the body of The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales offer more than enough entertainment for the whole family from the beginning of the roughly 80-minute presentation to its end.  While the content itself forms a solid foundation for the program’s presentation, it is just one part of what makes the collection so enjoyable.  As previously noted, The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales is French in origin.  Its forthcoming domestic release however, is dubbed in English thanks to a group of British voice actors.  This seems minor on the surface, but the reality of the situation is that it is key in its own way to the program’s enjoyment.  Being dubbed in English means that American audiences can enjoy the program in whole instead of having to divide their attention between the action on screen and nonstop English subtitles.  That full engagement means a full enjoyment by audiences of all ages, and in turn full appreciation for the collection.  On another note, a close watch of the collection reveals something interesting of the dub work done for the program’s domestic release.  The voice work actually lines up quite surprisingly well with the animals’ mouths.  There are so many foreign imports that come to the U.S. every year whose overdubs simply do not work because the actors’ mouths do not line up with what the English actors are saying.  It takes away from viewers’ ability to suspend their disbelief.  In the case of this presentation though, the dubs and on-screen motions line up quite well, which adds even more to the enjoyment, because it eliminates that focus from viewers’ minds, instead allowing viewers to focus that much more fully on the action onscreen.  It is one more way in which the dubbing proves crucial to the overall enjoyment of The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales.  When this is considered along with the stories already discussed here, the two elements together go a long way toward making the program in whole that much more enjoyable for audiences.  They are not the only key elements to discuss in analyzing this forthcoming animated import.  The bonus content featured with the program rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus content featured with The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales is just as engaging as the program’s primary content.  Audiences learn through the director interviews that director Benjamin Renner based the program’s title story on his own personal life.  He explains in his story, he felt like an outcast growing up, that he wasn’t what he was expected to be by so many, and that translated into The Big Bad Fox.  His discussion on this topic is quite moving and enlightening.  Renner additionally notes that the program’s first story, involving the trio bringing the baby to her new parents was also inspired from his own life.  He expands even more in the live Q&A session featured as another bonus, he went to animation because he wanted to tell stories, but could not write.  That in itself is an intriguing revelation.  This critic’s own view is that it is a good thing that Renner pointed his focus to animation, as the storytelling through this collection’s shorts are endearing and entertaining.

The director interviews and brief Q&A sessions are just two of the bonuses featured with The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales.  Also featured as an extra is a not so standard “making of” featurette that finds a trio of French youths interviewing Renner, his co-director Patrick Imbert and the rest of the program’s creative heads.  The children’s questions and actions put on full display, the innocence of children, and will make children and adults alike smile and laugh.  As one of the heads talks professionally about how things work in one discussion, the kids start losing attention very quickly.  Parents will laugh at this just as much as kids because of their ability to relate to the situation.  The discussions on why digital animation was used in place of hand drawn animation are enlightening for older audiences, and are just as sure to generate discussion among said viewers.  This viewer is still more a fan of hand drawn animation versus CG, though the work put into this program’s look did admittedly pay off, as it does stand apart from so many other CG animated features.  To that end, there is that to the presentation’s credit, too.  There is so much more that one could discuss other than what is noted here, but that would take entirely too much time.  When everything else featured in the “making of” featurette is considered with everything already noted here and everything noted (and not) in the director interviews, the end result is an experience that is just as entertaining and engaging as the program’s primary content.  When that content is coupled with all of this secondary content, the whole of everything makes The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales a big great family feature.

Studio Canal’s upcoming import of The Big Bad Fox and  Other Tales – which is scheduled for release July 16 through Shout! Factory and GKids – is a surprisingly entertaining overseas offering that American families across the board will and can enjoy together.  That is due in part to the entertaining and heartwarming stories that make up the body of the program.  The stories’ comedic elements harken back to the comedic stylings of Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes shorts while the stories themselves will touch viewers of all ages.  The fact that the stories are told with English dubs that line up surprisingly well with the mouth motions of the characters adds even more to the program’s enjoyment.  The bonus content featured with the program puts the final touch to the whole of the presentation with its extra information.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales.  All things considered, they make this presentation a big great presentation for the whole family.  It is scheduled for release July 16 on BD/DVD combo pack through Shout! Factory and GKids.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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Shout! Factory Announces ‘Space: 1999’ Bonus Features

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Shout! Factory announced the bonus features for its upcoming home release of Space1999 — The Complete Series this week.

According to a news release sent by the company Monday, the 13-disc set will feature a variety of extras for audiences, such as new interviews with director Kevin Connor, actors Barbara Bain and Nick Tate, and new audio commentaries.

Along with the noted extras, the collection, which will be available on DVD and Blu-ray, will also feature other new extras, such as “Moonbase Merch: A Tour of Space1999 Ephemera with author John Muir.  As if these new featurettes are not enough for audiences, the new collection will also feature a variety of classic bonuses, such as an interview with Sylvia Anderson (wife of fellow Space1999 head Gerry Anderson) and an in-depth vintage retrospective on the most iconic moments from the series.  The series’ full list of bonus features is noted below.

Bonus Features:
  • NEW Mission To Moonbase Alpha: An Interview With Actress Barbara Bain
  • NEW Into The Uncertain Future: An Interview With Actor Nick Tate
  • NEW Brain Behind The Destruction: An Interview With Director Kevin Connor
  • NEW Moonbase Merch: A Tour Of Space:1999 Ephemera With Author John Muir
  • NEW Audio Commentary By Author Anthony Taylor On “Dragon’s Domain” And “The Metamorph”
  • NEW Audio Commentary By Space:1999 Series Expert Scott Michael Bosco On “Ring Around The Moon”
  • Audio Commentary By Series Co-Creator Gerry Anderson On “Breakaway” And “Dragon’s Domain”
  • “These Episodes” – Nearly 100 Minutes Of Reflections On Some Of Space:1999’s Iconic Episodes From The People Who Made Them
  • “Memories Of Space” Featurette
  • Interview With Sylvia Anderson
  • Guardian Of Piri Remembered With Actress Catherine Schell
  • Vintage Year Two Interviews
  • Vintage Brian Johnson Interview
  • Behind The Scenes Footage With Brian Johnson Commentary
  • Concept And Creation Featurette
  • Special Effects And Design Featurette
  • Martin Landau And Barbara Bain TV Promos
  • Promos For Year One And Year Two
  • Trailers For Destination Moonbase Alpha And Alien Attack
  • Blackpool “Space City” Exhibition Advert
  • Lyons Maid Ice Lolly Advert
  • Mono And 5.1 Audio On All Episodes
  • Photo Galleries
  • 16 Page Episode Guide

Space1999 is scheduled for release July 16 through Shout! Factory. The release marks the first time that the short-lived series, which came from the minds of Thunderbirds creators Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, will receive a full domestic release.  It was most recently released in a full set overseas via Network in 2017.

The 48-episode series, which spans 13 discs in this new set, opens in September 1999.  A nuclear waste dump on the moon unexpectedly explodes, sending the moon and the inhabitants of the moon base Alpha spinning through space.Led by John Koenig (Martin Landau — Ed WoodNorth by NorthwestTuckerThe Man and His Dream), the crew faces a variety of challenges and obstacles as they strive to return to Earth.

Barbara Bain (Mission: ImpossiblePacific EdgeAmerican Gun), Barry Morse (The ChangelingThe Twilight ZoneThe Adventurer) and Catherine Schell (On Her Majesty’s Secret ServiceThe Return  of the Pink PantherDoctor Who) also join the cast as Dr. Helena Russell, Victor Bergman and Maya respectively.

The first 500 orders for Space1999 from Shout! Factory will receive a limited edition Space1999 snow globe as an added gift.  The snow globe features and Eagle Transporter landing on the moon. The globe has a 4-inch circumference and 2-inch base.

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Picture Palace’s New Sinatra Doc Deserves A Spot In Every Sinatra Fan’s “Home”

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Frank Sinatra fans are going to get another new look into the life of their favorite singer very soon.  Shout! Factory is scheduled to release the new Sinatra documentary Sinatra in Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home on June 11.  The 92-minute documentary, which made its limited theatrical debut in Feb. 2018, is an interesting look not only at Sinatra, but as the title notes, the place that he called home.  The documentary’s main feature plays directly into that interest.  It will be discussed shortly.  The bonus content plays into the program’s presentation, too.  It will be addressed a little later.  The Blu-ray’s average price point is relatively affordable and is worth paying.  It will be addressed a little later, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Sinatra in Palm Spring: The Place He Called Home.  All things considered, this documentary proves that it deserves a place in any Sinatra fan’s home.

Picture Palace’s new Frank Sinatra documentary Sinatra in Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home is a presentation that deserves a place in any Sinatra fan’s home.  That is due in part to the program’s primary content, its main feature.  The main feature tells stories of Sinatra himself and of the Palm Springs compound that he called home up until he started to fall ill in his later years.  The stories are told by some of those who were closest to him, including his last wife Barbara, famed singer Trini Lopez, friend Michael Fletcher and Mel Haber just to name a handful of people who make appearances.  Throughout the course of the interviews, audiences are presented with lots of history on Sinatra and his equally famed desert oasis.  Early on, viewers learn through the interviews that famed composer Jimmy Van Heusen was the person who first introduced Sinatra to the Palm Springs area, and that it was that introduction that led Sinatra to make the westward move.  As the program progresses, viewers learn that Sinatra’s home was featured in a variety of movies, including, but not limited to The Damned Don’t Cry (1950).  Viewers also learn the compound featured its own unique recording studio, which was used to record many of Sinatra’s hits, as well as hits for other artists.  Just as interesting to learn in watching the program, is the role that none other than The Marx Brothers (yes, those Marx Brothers) played in the creation of Sinatra’s Palm Springs home.  It had to do with yet another interesting note that is addressed later, Sinatra’s humble personality.  That story will be left for viewers to discover on their own.  As a hint, it is a story of two golf courses.  Speaking of Sinatra’s humble personality, that is addressed, too during the course of the documentary.  It is noted more than once that Sinatra did a lot of charity work, but did not talk publicly about that work.  That nature shows great humility.  It will make fans appreciate Sinatra even more not just as a musician, but as a person.  As if that is not enough, audiences also learn, of his personal life, that Sinatra was also a train enthusiast, going so far as to even establish a fully working train station near his Palm Springs home.  That’s another story that will be left for viewers to take in for themselves.  Between this story, the others noted here and the so many more not discussed here, the main feature of Sinatra in Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home is certain to keep viewers engaged and entertained throughout the course of the program.  While the program’s main feature does more than its share to keep viewers engaged and entertained, it is just one part of what makes the program appealing.  Its secondary (bonus) content does just as much to make it appealing as its primary content.

The bonus content featured in the forthcoming home release of Sinatra in Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home is essentially extra interview content that did not make the cut for the final main feature.  Audiences get more interview segments from the figures featured in the main feature, and the discussions are on additional topics.  Among the most notable of the bonus discussions are anecdotes about Sinatra’s driving style (which will certainly bring plenty of laughs and smiles), additional commentary about Sinatra’s love of trains, and a very moving story from one of Sinatra’s friends who served as one of his pallbearers.  The story he shares involves a discussion on mourners’ reactions to one specific moment during his funeral.  Any viewer not moved by that story is either not human or just has no heart.  As if all of this is not enough, there is even some brief discussion by yet another figure, on Sinatra’s acting career.  That discussion in itself adds even more interest to the overall presentation.  When it is considered alongside the other bonus discussions noted here and the others not noted here, the whole of the bonus interview segments makes the Blu-ray’s bonus content just as entertaining and engaging as the interview segments that make up the program’s main feature.  When the bonus and primary content are considered together, they make the documentary in whole, a presentation that is more than certain to appeal to any Frank Sinatra fan.  Keeping all of this in mind, the average price point for the doc’s Blu-ray presentation proves to be money well-spent.

The average price point for the Blu-ray presentation of Sinatra in Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home is $18.47. Its DVD presentation averages to $13.78.  Simply put, both prices are below the $20 mark.  The prices were reached by averaging prices at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Shout! Factory’s own store.  The retailers’ prices are all below the $20 in themselves, too.  In other words, audiences will be paying a relatively affordable price for a presentation that they will agree is well-spent.  That is because the depth and breadth of the content presented in this documentary will have those audiences watching this program more than once.  To that end, the pricing for this doc is just as much a positive as the program’s content.  All things considered, they make the documentary in whole a positive new offering from Picture Palace and Shout! Factory that any Frank Sinatra fans will appreciate.

Picture Palace’s new Frank Sinatra documentary Sinatra in Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home is a presentation that will easily find a place in any Sinatra fan’s home library.  That is due in part to the program’s primary content, which tells a very in-depth story of Frank Sinatra and the place that…well…he called home.  Audiences learn plenty about Sinatra himself and the history and inner workings of his Palm Springs compound, which served as a home for himself and a getaway for many of his well-known friends.  The bonus content that comes with the documentary takes viewers a little bit deeper into the story of Frank Sinatra, sometimes moving viewers to laughs and smiles and to tears at another.  Considering the depth and breadth of the documentary’s primary and secondary content, the documentary’s average price point proves relatively affordable both on DVD and Blu-ray.  Each item noted in this review is critical in its own way to the whole of the documentary.  All things considered, they make this doc a presentation that will appeal to every one of Frank Sinatra’s fans.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory, Eleven Arts Studios Partnering To Release Another Anime Flick

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Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts Studios are teaming up to bring anime fans another new release this summer.

Penguin Highway is scheduled for release on Aug. 6.  It will be released on DVD/BD combo pack and digital download. Winner of a 42nd Japan Award for Excellent Animation of the Year, the movie made its theatrical debut in April.

The movie is presented with the option to watch it in Japanese with English subtitles and separately with English dub.  The movie’s home release will also feature an interview with its director, Hiroyasu Ishida and Penguin Highway author Tomihiko Morimi as bonus content.

The movie’s story follows 4th grader Aoyama as he tries to figure out why masses of penguins have suddenly started appearing in his town.  The penguins are hundreds of miles from their natural habitat, adding to the mystery.  As he investigates the penguins’ arrival, he eventually figures out why they are there, but that revelation only leads to more questions for Aoyama and a summer-long adventure.

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