‘National Parks Adventure’ Is A Powerful, Moving Cinematic Adventure

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The United States today has roughly 400 national parks spread from one end of the country to the other.  That includes parks not only in the lower 48 states, but in Alaksa and Hawaii, too.  They are among America’s greatest collective natural treasures.  Sadly though, many of America’s parks are at risk thanks to the nation’s current ruling body.  They need to be protected.  That message is driven home in stunning fashion in MacGillivray Freeman Films’ new national parks doc National Parks Adventure.  Scheduled to be released July 17 via Shout! Factory, this powerful 43-minute presentation effectively drives home that message, too.  That is done in part through the story at the center of the doc.  It will be discussed shortly.  The doc’s cinematography adds to its impact even more, and will be discussed a little later.  Its bonus material puts the finishing touch to its presentation.  Each element is important in its own way to the whole of its presentation.  When these elements are coupled with the doc’s packaging and pricing, the whole of these elements makes the program in whole a strong, important reminder of why America’s national parks are great getaways and in turn, why they must be protected from those who would set out to let them be destroyed.

MacGillivray Freeman Films’ new documentary National Parks Adventure is a beautiful, loving tribute to America’s national parks system.  It is a strong reminder of why the parks system must be protected and preserved from the forces that set out to let any harm come to them, such as those in office today.  That message is presented so strongly in part through the story at the doc’s center.  The story follows a trio of adventurers who make their way from the redwood forests of California up to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, climbing and exploring various parks along the way.  Viewers get to see for themselves along the way, the beauty of some of the nation’s greatest national wonders.  The only downside to the story is the fact that for the mention of the parks that span the nation, the trio’s adventure spanks only half (if that much) of the country.  To that end, maybe there will be a “sequel” of sorts that will take the trio (or another trio) across the other half of the country on to the East coast.  After all, audiences get a glimpse into Everglades National Park, so it would make sense to give a little more thorough look at that and other parks on the East coast.  That aside, the journey that is undertaken here is still one that is certain to keep viewers engaged, regardless if only for the journey.  Of course, the journey at the center of the doc is only one part of what makes the doc engaging.  Its cinematography is really the program’s cornerstone.

National Parks Adventure’s cinematography is stunning to say the absolute least.  Shot entirely on 15perf 65mm 3D cameras, the parks presented in their full beauty from the ground and the air.  The redwood forests’ full presentation is moving, especially as the program takes viewers back in time to the creation of the national parks system by President Roosevelt.  The national parks of the southwest present some of the most awe-inspiring visuals of the program.  The rich contrast of the sun and shade against the rocks in various shots will leave viewers saying wow.  This applies just as much as the trio rides its bikes down the sheer cliffs of one of the parks on their journey.  The shots of the ice cave in Michigan is itself strong in its visuals.  Maybe it’s the way the light hits the ice and snow that hangs from the cave’s surface.  Maybe it’s just the protruding structures themselves.  Maybe it’s all of that combined.  Either way, it is another memorable moment that again clearly displays the expert talent of those behind the cameras.  One can only imagine what these (and the program’s other various stunning shots) must have looked like on a full IMAX screen if one was not lucky enough to catch the program on said screen.  Considering how rich the visuals are on the small screen (of course small is relative, since screens can reach upwards of 60-inches — if not more today) they must have looked so much more enthralling on an IMAX screen.  When the depth that the cinematography is considered along with the very importance of this program’s story, the two elements obviously give the program quite the depth overall, and in turn gives audiences reason to watch this doc at least once.  Even as much as the noted elements do to the positive for National Parks Adventure, they are not its only key elements.  The bonus material plays into the doc’s presentation, too

The bonus material included with the program’s home release includes separated “making of” featurette segments that focus on different shooting locations as well as commentary on the making of from those behind the camera.  Audiences learn through the “making of” segments that filming the Michigan shoot happened actually because a shoot at another location did not play out how the crew and director had wanted, and that things only got more difficult with that shoot.  Not to give away too much, but that difficulty included technical issues raised by the weather.  Viewers also learn that the crew filmed far more parks than were shown.  In all, it’s revealed, that the crew filmed at 25 of the nation’s national parks.  So obviously not all of the footage was used.  It’s too bad that none of the unused footage was included as deleted scenes.  It would have been interesting to see some of that footage.  The bonus interviews included with the bonuses includes a brief interview with narrator and veteran actor Robert Redford.  Yes, that Robert Redford.  He states outright during his interview that “national parks are extremely important to protect and preserve.”  He explains his love for the parks and for mother nature in general started when he was 11, after he survived polio and that “there is something almost spiritual in the power of the parks.”  That in itself makes for its own share of interest.  As if that devotion to this program (and to nature) isn’t enough for audiences, director Greg MacGillivray himself seconds Redford’s thoughts in his own words.  Those statements give firm certainty as to the purpose of this program.  It was made as a means to call attention to the importance of protecting the parks so that future generations will be able to appreciate them.  Considering this, and the depth added to the program through the bonus making of featurettes, the appreciation will be not only for the parks, but for the work put into making a program aimed at calling people to want to protect the parks, too.  That being the case, it will leave audiences agreeing that this doc in whole is a successful call to action as well as a tribute to some of America’s greatest natural wonders, especially when the bonus material is considered alongside the program’s main story and its cinematography.

National Parks Adventure is not the first program of its kind, aimed at bringing attention to a certain issue while also trying to entertain audiences.  Even despite this, it success at doing both without letting that awareness factor overpower the entertainment.  This is proven in part through the story, which follows three people making their way through some of America’s national parks.  The cinematography used in each park does plenty to make that journey engaging and entertaining.  The bonus material adds its own depth to the program especially through the bonus commentary.  That’s because that commentary certifies that this program is in fact an activist doc of sorts.  Even with this revelation, audiences will note that it doesn’t overpower the program’s entertaining elements.  That balance of awareness and entertainment makes the program in whole an adventure that audiences will definitely enjoy.  It will be available July 24 and can be pre-ordered online via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory To Release Rare ‘Super Sentai’ Series On DVD This Fall

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Shout! Factory has a special new release headed to DVD this fall for Power Rangers fans.

The home entertainment leader announced Friday that it will release Chojin Sentai JetmanThe Complete Series September 25 on DVD.  The 51-episode series is one of the very few Sentai series to not be adapted to a Power Rangers series.

This series follows the adventures of the Sky Force as it battles the evil Vryam organization bent on inter-dimensional conquest.  The battle is fought by the Sky Force through its own elite squad known as Jetmen thanks to a technology called “birdonic waves.”  There’s a surprise twist late in the series run that will certainly keep viewers engaged involving the series’ main character.  That won’t be revealed here.

Chojin Sentai JetmanThe Complete Series will be available September 25.  It can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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Shout! Factory, NBC Taking Audiences Back To ‘The Good Place’ This Summer

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Shout! Factory and NBC are teaming up again to bring audiences the second season of NBC’s hit comedy The Good Place on DVD.

The Good PlaceThe Complete Second Season is currently scheduled for release July 17 in stores and online.  Originally airing this past September (Sept. 20, 2017 to be exact), this 13-episode season follows Eleanor’s continued adventure in the afterlife.

As Season Two opens, everyone’s mind has been wiped because of the events of Season One.  Of course, Eleanor and her friends eventually figure out what’s going on, leading to more mind wipes and things going back and forth.  Eventually, they realize the “good place” is in fact the “bad place.”  Along the way, Michael shows his own character development after realizing increasingly his own failings.  This leads the season’s story to get even more interesting, not to mention the season’s other subplots.  It all leads to a very surprising season finale that is sure to leave audiences talking.

Along with its 13 engaging episodes, Season Two’s home release also includes a handful of bonuses including extended episodes, feature-length commentaries, gag reel and visual effects reel.  The commentaries come from series creator Michael Schur, Executive Producer Drew Goddadrd, Producer Megan Amran and actor Ted Danson.

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Shout! Factory, Twitch Get Things “Revved Up” With ‘Street Hawk’ Marathon

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It’s time to go back to the 80s again with Shout! Factory TV and Twitch!

Shout! Factory and Twitch have partnered for another retro TV marathon, this time featuring the full run of the 1985 action/crime series Night Hawk.  The 13-episodes series will be shown in full starting June 6 at 6 p.m. on Shout! Factory’s Twitch channel.

For those perhaps not so familiar with the short-lived sci-fi/crime/action series, it focuses on a cop named Jesse Mach (this name will come into play shortly) who is wounded in the line of duty.  As a result of his injuries, Jesse is forced to become a desk cop instead of working the front lines so to speak.  His secret is that he has “another life.”  At night, he works as a test driver for a top-of-the-line motorcycle that can reach speeds of up to 300 miles per hour (thus Jesse’s last name, Mach.  Get it?  yeah….ok).  Jesse uses his partnership with the government in this top secret program to fight bad guys at night while working as a public communications officer for his police department by day.  Only one person, federal agent Norman Tuttle (played by Regalbuto — Murphy BrownKnots LandingAce Crawford…Private Eye) knows Jesse’s secret.

The series features a guest appearance by none other than Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future 1-3CyberchaseBack to the FutureThe Animated Series) in its pilot episode as a villain.  George Clooney (E.R.Roseanne, Up in the Air) also appears as a guest star at one point in the series, along with Bianca Jagger (The Cannonball RunThe ColbysFlesh Color).

Audiences can view the trailer for the marathon online now here.  Those who won’t be able to watch the marathon can still stream every episode online now through Shout! Factory TV’s VOD service.

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‘The Honey Games’ Is A “Sweet” New Addition To Studio 100’s ‘Maya The Bee’ Franchise

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Maya the Bee is back on Blu-ray with a brand new adventure that is certain to have viewers of all ages *ahem* buzzing courtesy of Shout! Factory and Studio 100.  The adventure, Maya The Bee 2 comes a little more than two years after the release of its predecessor, Maya The Bee, which was also released via Shout! Factory and Studio 100.  While it likely will not be unfamiliar to many audiences in its approach, this installment in the Maya The Bee franchise is still a story that is certain to entertain and engage viewers of all ages.  That story is one part of what makes the movie worth at least one watch.  The bonus material included with the movie adds to its entertainment, showing even more why this movie is worth seeing.  The work of the movie’s cast plays its own part in the movie’s presentation, too, and will be discussed a little later on.  Each element noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Maya The Bee 2.  All things considered, they make Maya The Bee 2 a work that is certain to bring the whole family together, and in turn have viewers of all ages buzzing about this new animated feature.

Shout! Factory and Studio 100’s new animated import Maya The Bee 2 is another enjoyable entry in the bigger story of the little bee who could.  It is definitely worth at least one watch.  That is due in no small part to the story at the center of the movie. Many viewers may find that the movie at the center of the movie is not exactly unfamiliar.  It is, at its core, an underdog tale centered on a competition that will decide the fate of two groups.  In the case of this story, Maya and an unlikely group of ragtag misfits join together to defeat Violet and her friends so that Maya’s colony won’t have to sacrifice what little honey it has in a thin summer season.  As expected Violet and her friends at first prove problematic for Maya and Team Poppy.  That’s because of her villainous ways, including playing with the emotions of Maya’s best friend.  As the story progresses, Violet of course learns her lesson and finally does the right thing, leading to a happy ending for all that includes Violet and Maya becoming friends.  It’s anything but new in regards to the overall plot.  Audiences have seen this already in the likes of Disney’s Pixie Hollow Games (one of its many Tinkerbell specials), Monsters University, Revenge of the Nerds and other similar movies and TV specials.  Through it all are the common discussions on friendship, fair play and family that are tied in to the story’s secondary coming-of-age plot.  That secondary plot sees Maya growing as she navigates the situation.  That growth plays directly into the main plot, and in turn shows even more why the movie’s story, while not unfamiliar, is still reason enough for families to see it at least once.  It is only one part of what makes Maya The Bee 2 an interesting watch.  The bonus material that is included in the movie’s presentation strengthens that presentation even more.

The bonus material included with Maya The Bee 2’s home release is the standard fare, much as with its story – a behind-the-scenes making of featurette that shows how the movie came to life.  Yet, it does its own share to entertain viewers and keep them engaged.  The making of featurette gives viewers a glimpse into the process of the movie’s creation, from the importance of lining up the sound effects (and using the proper tools to create the sound effects) to the time and effort put into making the movie look as realistic as possible and more.  It only runs roughly 20 minutes at the most, yet those discussions and the discussion on the very motivation for the movie’s creation come together the add even more reason for families to watch the movie.  That’s because of the added appreciation that they create for the movie overall.  Even with that added appreciation in mind, the noted elements are still not the last of the movie’s most important elements.  The work of the movie’s cast is important in its own right to the movie’s presentation, too.

The work of the movie’s cast is important to note because while it is voice over work, it still requires its own share of effort and time.  Luckily, that time and effort paid off, especially for lead voice actor Coco Jack Gillies (Mad Max: Fury Road, The evil’s Playground, Oddball and the Penguins), the voice of Maya.  Whether in her happier moments or her more emotional moments, Gillies makes Maya a wholly sympathetic character for whom audiences will have no problem rooting.  Case in point is the movie’s climax, in which Maya admits to the Queen (Justine Clark – Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Look Both Ways, Danny Deckchair) and to the Empress (Marny McQueen – Son of the Mask, The Mule, Bogan Pride) that she had disrespected each character, and in turn dishonored them.  The humility that Gillies establishes in her delivery makes this moment one of the movie’s most memorable and engaging.  That’s because of Gillies’ ability to make audiences believe her performance.  A happier moment such as that when the Empress initially invites Maya to the games, is just as believable.  Gillies’ cast mates do their own part in making the movie engaging, too.  Linda Ngo (Top of the Lake, The Furies, Mako Mermaids) is just as enjoyable as the despicable and spoiled Violet.  She brings to her performance, a certain something that makes audiences love to hate Violet.  That is a tribute to Ngo’s work.  Even as Violet has her change of heart, Ngo makes that moment believable even as predictable as it was.  Benson Jack Anthony (800 Words, Emo The Musical, High Life) does a good job in his own right, too, even though Willi, Maya’s “sidekick” is not on screen but so much.  Anthony makes the most of each appearance, making viewers applaud him, too.  His performance gives plenty of hope for his future regardless of whether it is in voice work or actually on screen.  Taking into account each of these performances and those not more directly discussed, the whole of the cast’s work proves to do just as much for Maya The Bee 2 as its story and bonus material.  When all three elements are joined together, they make Maya the Bee a movie that is sure to have the whole family *ahem* buzzing.

Studio 100’s latest entry in its Maya The Bee franchise, The Honey Games is a surprisingly *sweet* new addition to the series in both senses of the word.  That is due in part to a story that while not unfamiliar, still gives the story a new life in its dual plot.  The bonus material included with the movie adds a certain extra depth to the story and its presentation.  The work of the movie’s cast – both main and support – ensures in its own way, too, audiences engagement and entertainment.  Each element is important in its own right to the whole of Maya The Bee 2.  All things considered, they make this movie a work that will have the whole family *buzzing.* More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory Announces ‘MMPR: The Complete Series” 25th Anniversary SteelBook Set Release Date, Specs

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Shout! Factory and Saban Brands have partnered to re-issue the original Mighty Morphin’ Power RangersThe Complete Series once again.

Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Complete Series (25th Anniversary Edition Steelbook) is scheduled to be released in stores and online August 7.  The series’ upcoming re-issue comes complete with the original Mighty Morphin’ Power RangersThe Movie presented for the first time ever on Blu-ray while the series will be presented again on DVD. The original three-season run of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers will be spread across 19 DVDs.

Fans who order the forthcoming re-issue via Shout! Factory’s online store will get a limited edition 18″x24″ lithograph, featuring art by Paul Shipper.  Other bonuses included in the set’s discs are: “Morphin’ Time!: A Look Back At Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers with interviews featuring members of the Cast and Creative Team, “Alpha’s Magical Christmas,” “Lord Zedd’s Monster Heads” and much more.  In all, the set’s bonus material spans two discs.

Even the new Blu-ray re-issue of Mighty Morphin’ Power RangersThe Movie features its own bonus material, including but not limited to: The Mighty Leap to the Silver Screen: A look back at the movie with the cast and crew, including brand new interviews with director Bryan Spicer and stars Johnny Yong Bosch and Paul Freeman.”  Also included in the Blu-ray is a theatrical trailer for the movie.

The full listing of the set’s bonus material is noted below.

MMPR: The Movie Bonus Features (Blu-ray)
·        The Mighty Leap to the Silver Screen: A look back at the movie with the cast and crew, including brand-new interviews with director Bryan Spicer and stars Johnny Yong Bosch and Paul Freeman
·        Theatrical Trailer
MMPR TV Series Bonus Features (DVDs)
Bonus Disc 1
·        “Morphin Time!” – A Look Back At Mighty Morphin Power Rangers With Interviews Featuring Members Of The Cast And Creative Team
·        “A Morphenomenal Cast” – Casting Director Katy Wallin And the Cast Recall What It Took to Become Power Rangers
·        “Lord Zedd’s Monster Heads”
·        “Alpha’s Magical Christmas”
·        “The Good, The Bad And The Stupid!”’
Bonus Disc 2
·        “The Fans Power Up” – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Fans Remember the Series
·        Rare Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Fan Club Video
·        “MMPR Karate Club” – The White Ranger Kata
·        “Power Rangers Live” – The World Tour

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Comedy, Heart, Bonus Content, Combine To Make ‘Doctor Detroit’ One Of 2018’s Top New Movie Re-Issues

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Truly diversely talented actors are hard to find in the current era of entertainment.  Sure, there are good actors, both male and female, but finding actors who show true diversity and talent within that diversity is difficult to say the very least.  Thinking briefly, some of the names that come to this critic’s mind are the likes of Meryl Streep, the late great Robin Williams, the legendary Katherine Hepburn, and as underappreciated as he is, Paul Giamatti among others.  These actors showed time and again their ability to adapt to so many different styles of performances, and did so with such talent.  As noted, they are just some of the people on that list.  Another name that deserves to be discussed along with them is none other than Dan Akroyd.  Akroyd, has shown just as much talent through his diverse roles as his counterparts and contemporaries.  Ghostbusters, Driving Miss Daisy, My Stepmother Is An Alien, My Girl and so many other movies have allowed Akroyd to exhibit such range and talent therein.  On April 24, another of Akroyd’s classics – Doctor Detroit — will get new life thanks to Universal Pictures and Shout! Factory, thus serving as more proof of Akroyd’s talents and abilities.  Whether audiences are seeing it for the first time or first time in a long time, it proves in many ways not only Akroyd’s talents, but in itself to be one of his best movies.  It proves both statements first and foremost through its story, which will be discussed shortly.  Speaking of Akroyd’s talent and diversity, both show through clearly in his acting, which will be discussed later.  The bonus material included with the movie’s forthcoming Blu-ray re-issue put the final touch on the movie’s presentation.  Each element is important in its own right to the overall presentation of Doctor Detroit.  All things considered, these elements make this movie (and its soon to be released re-issue) a work that any Dan Akroyd fan will appreciate and that proves Akroyd’s place in the pantheon of great actors.

Shout! Factory’s upcoming Blu-ray re-issue of Universal Pictures’ 1983 adult comedy Doctor Detroit is a work that will appeal to any Dan Akroyd fan while also proving just as much as Akroyd’s other movies, why he is one of Hollywood’s elite actors.  Both of those statements are supported in part through the story at the center of this classic comedy.  The story, which is at its heart an underdog story, sees mild-mannered (and very geeky) professor Clifford Skridlow unwittingly thrust into a world that is the polar opposite of his life of academia and the upper crust.  It’s really a fish-out-of-water element that when coupled with that underdog element gives this story so much heart.  One could even argue that Skridlow having to take on an alter ego of sorts in order to free Walker’s ladies – Monica, Jasmine, Thelma and Karen – even gives the movie a sort of super hero element even though it’s not a super hero story.  Through it all, Skridlow maintains his sense of honor, respecting the ladies and befriending Diavolo (T.K. Carter—Domino, Rush Hour, The Thing), again highlighting the story’s underdog element.  Considering that element, the super hero element, and the fish-out-of-water element all being so expertly balanced here, the writing team of Bruce Jay Friedman, Carl Gottlieb and Robert Boris deserve their own share of applause for their work.  More often than not, the more hands in a proverbial pot, the more troubled things get, but that didn’t happen here.  What’s more even with everything going on, the story’s pacing still stayed solid throughout.  What’s more the elements themselves blended together just as well and in turn complimented each other quite well.  In all honesty, if not for the drugs and sexual content, this movie would have been a great family movie.  Director Michael Pressman even makes note of this in his new bonus interview included with the movie’s re-issue. This will be discussed later in the discussion on the movie’s bonus material.  Getting back on track, the story itself and the elements tied into the story give the story so much heart that it alone makes this movie a standout work not just from Akroyd and Universal Pictures, but in general.  It is just part of the reason that the movie stands out, too.  Akroyd’s work on camera is another way in which the movie stands out.

Akroyd’s portrayal of Skridlow and his wild alter ego is so important to note because it keeps audiences just as engaged and entertained as the movie’s story and its combined elements.  The two characters so dramatically juxtapose each other throughout.  One could almost argue that Akroyd took certain parts of his character from his Coneheads skits on Saturday Night Live and attributed it to his take on the “good doctor.”  Those familiar with his performance in those skits will hopefully see that comparison just as much as this critic.  In the same breath, his presentation of Skridlow as a geeky, mild-mannered figure makes one wonder if that portrayal played – at least in part – to his portrayal of Ray Stanz in The Ghostbusters.  That’s because there is at least some similarity in those characters.  Watching Akroyd’s portrayal of Skridlow as he tries to balance the two personality types throughout is a laugh riot and makes suspension of disbelief so easy.  Considering all of this, and the work of his supporting cast, those collective performances go a long way toward making the story even more interesting.  They make their characters that entertaining with their comic and caring personas.  While Akroyd’s work, and that of his cast mates, clearly does plenty to add to Doctor Detroit’s enjoyment, it still is not the last of the movie’s most important elements.  The bonus material included in the movie’s upcoming re-issue rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus material included in Doctor Detroit’s new re-issue is important to note because it combines some previous bonus material with some new material.  The new material includes a feature length audio commentary with director Michael Pressman and Pop Culture Historian Russell Dyball and a one-on-one interview with Pressman about the movie.  The older material includes the familiar promotional radio interviews that the cast did for the movie, the trailers, TV spots, radio spots and photo gallery.  The new material included in this release offers quite a bit of insight and entertainment.  One of the most interesting comments that comes from Pressman’s one-on-one interview is his hindsight revelation about the movie’s drug and sexual content.  He said in no uncertain terms of that content, that he was not fond of that content, looking back on the movie.  Ironically, if that content had not been there, the movie’s story might have been quite different.  That’s not to say a similar story could not have been told.  But it would have likely ended up quite different, but probably still as entertaining in its own right.  That sentiment is echoed in the feature-length audio commentary along with his discussion his decision to make the movie very cartoonish, right down to the wrecker running through the junkyard gate.  Just as interesting to note in his interview and commentary is the note the connection of the drug content to the death of Akroyd’s fellow actor and longtime friend John Belushi’s death not long before the movie’s filming from a drug overdose.  Pressman openly ruminates that he was concerned how Akroyd would handle those references considering Belushi’s passing so soon before work on the movie started.  Bringing everything full circle, Dyball notes during the audio commentary that he personally thought this movie was the point at which Akroyd’s star really started to rise, creatively speaking.  He admitted The Blues Brothers and 1941 were both good movies, but that it wasn’t until this movie that things really started moving for him.  He has a point.  Looking at the movies that came after Doctor DetroitTrading Places, Ghostbusters, Spies Like Us, Dragnet, etc – it is a valid statement, at least to this critic.

As if the information shared in the new bonus material is not enough, the promotional radio interviews offer their own insight and entertainment.  Akroyd talks about The Blues Brothers in one of the radio interviews, noting that he felt the movie was, at its heart, about separation of church and state.  That is an interesting angle to take.  He also notes the creative process for Doctor Detroit and a handful of other topics that are in themselves certain to keep audiences just as entertained and engaged as the information shared in the new bonus material.  Between the information shared by Akroyd and the rest of the movie’s cast in the radio interviews and the information and thoughts shared in the movie’s new bonus material, the bonus material overall presents plenty of its own reason for audiences to watch this new re-issue.  When all of the bonus material is considered along with the work of Akroyd (and his castmates) and the movie’s fully entertaining story, the whole of those elements makes Doctor Detroit the right prescription (yes, this critic went there) for Akroyd’s fans and for classic movie buffs alike.

Shout! Factory’s upcoming re-issue of Universal Pictures’ 1983 adult comedy Doctor Detroit is a wonderful watch for Dan Akroyd’s fans and classic film buffs alike.  It is the perfect prescription (yes, this critic went there again) for anyone looking for an alternative to all of the prequels, sequels, reboots, biopics and movies based on actual events currently filling theaters.  That is proven in no small part to the movie’s central story, which expertly balances so many story elements into one whole.  Even being an adult comedy, those elements give the movie just enough heart that if not for the drug and sexual references (including the sexual content that makes up its central plot), this could easily be a family movie.  The work of Akroyd and his fellow cast mates throughout does plenty in its own right to keep audiences entertained and engaged.  The entertainment and insight offered through the movie’s bonus material – both the familiar and the new – adds its own level of enjoyment here, too.  Each element is important in its own right, as has hopefully been made clear in this review.  All things considered, they make the upcoming re-issue of Doctor Detroit one of this year’s top new movie re-issues.  It will be available April 24 in stores and online.  It can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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