‘Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie’ Re-Issue Is A Wild Visual High For Viewers

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The screwball comedy is a lost art in today’s mainstream movie industry.  As a matter of fact, it is a lost art in the movie industry in whole.  At one point, great classic screwball comedies such as It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Some Like It Hot and other similar stories once made the movie industry great.  Today, it seems like overly dramatic works and brainless shoot-‘em-up action flicks run things across the board.  Thankfully, Shout! Factory will soon give audiences an alternative to that endless sea of cookie-cutter theatrical and home releases when it re-issues the classic 1980 stoner/screwball comedy Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie on Blu-ray.

For those who have never seen this completely outrageous production, it takes the screwball comedy to a whole new level.  Put simply, the hybrid of its screwball and stoner elements puts it into a category all its own; one that many have tried to emulate, but that few have succeeded at copying.  It is not a movie for children due to its drug and sexual content.  Because it is also its own brand of screwball/stoner comedy, it is also very much a niche production.  Even with that in mind, it is still a movie that any comedy fan should see at least once especially now that it will be re-issued next week, if only for that content, which is one of its key elements.  The movie’s story is just as important to note in examining the movie’s overall presentation and will be discussed later.  The bonus interview with Cheech Marin about the movie’s making rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is, obviously important in its own right.  All things considered, they make Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie one of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues.

Shout! Factory’s upcoming re-issue of the classic stoner/screwball comedy Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie is one of the most outrageous offerings of its type.  Few, if any, movies before or after have ever been able to equal the level of comedic output produced by this movie.  That is due in no small part to its content.  From raunchy bathroom humor to full-on adult jokes about drugs and sex to a completely out of this world visit from a UFO and more, the content in this movie hits on so many different comedic elements.  At the same time, the rapid fire delivery of all of the jokes (which are clearly products of their time) works alongside that vast range of comedic elements to leave viewers wondering what the duo will do next throughout the course of the movie’s 95-minute run time.  On the downside, there is so much going on that by the time the movie reaches its final act, it does have a slightly negative impact on the movie’s pacing.  Luckily though, that doesn’t happen until late in the movie’s run.  Keeping that in mind, the type and amount of content presented throughout Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie, while obviously not meant for children (and likely won’t reach everyone) makes it worth at least one watch as well as one of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues.  It is just one of the elements that makes this re-issue such a surprise hit.  The movie’s story is another key element that deserves to be discussed in examining the movie’s overall presentation.

The content at the heart of Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie forms the foundation of this movie’s entertainment.  One part stoner flick and one part screwball comedy, the combination of those elements’ content makes this raucous comedy one of the most original of its kind.  It is only one of the key elements that makes this movie stand so starkly apart from its counterparts past and present.  Its story is just as important to discuss in examining its overall presentation as its content.  The story, as Marin notes in the re-issue’s new bonus interview, may seem like it’s all over the place at first glance.  However, a closer watch shows it actually does follow a structured continuum of sorts.  What is really interesting is that though Marin provides the bonus interview (which will be discussed shortly), Tommy Chong is in fact the movie’s real star.  That is because in this story, viewers go along with Tommy and his friend Dwayne “Red” Mendoza (obviously Marin plays Mendoza here) while Cheech waits back at the pair’s house for his girlfriend Donna (Evelyn Guerrero—Blood In, Blood Out; The Toolbox Murders; …And The Earth Did Not Swallow Him) to come by.  Every now and then, audiences are taken back to check on Cheech during the course of the movie’s second and third act.  But by and large, Tommy Chong is the real star of this movie as he and “Mendoza” ride around town smoking lots of marijuana and getting into all kinds of mischief.  The content of those misadventures couples with the story to make the movie its own visual high for viewers.  Again, it won’t appeal to everyone, but those elements together will definitely entertain its key audiences.  Keeping this in mind, the movie’s story is not the last of its key elements.  The bonus interview with Marin that comes with the movie’s re-issue rounds out its most important elements.

The story and content presented in Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie are both pivotal to its overall presentation.  Both in themselves and collectively, they create a visual and cinematic experience unlike anything that has come before and after.  They are not its only important elements.  The bonus interview with Cheech Marin included in the movie’s upcoming re-issue rounds out its most important elements.  Marin discusses in his interview, which only runs maybe 10 minutes at the most, the approach that he and Tommy Chong took in writing the movie (yes, they wrote the movie’s story and it shows), battling with other creative forces to keep certain scenes in, the duo’s own career history and even that of one Paul Reubens (yes, Pee-Wee Herman) who makes an appearance in this movie and so much more.  The interview isn’t in-depth per se.  However, it does offer audiences new and old alike a new view on the movie, its creation, and what makes it one of those movies that stands the test of time.  When this is considered along with the movie’s story and its overall content, viewers will agree that regardless of their familiarity with the movie, it is unlike any other stoner or even screwball comedy out there and deserves at least one watch.  All things considered, it is one of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues.

Shout! Factory’s upcoming re-issue of Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie is one of this year’s top new DVD/BD re-issue.  Scheduled for release next Tuesday, June 13, it is unlike any other stoner and/or screwball comedy that has come before or after.  That is obvious in the movie’s outrageous content (which is only fitting for adult audiences) and its equally outrageous, yet somehow structured story.  The bonus interview with star Cheech Marin about the movie rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important to the movie in its own right, as has been discussed.  All things considered, they make Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie a surprisingly refreshing break from the endless sea of dramas and mindless action flicks currently filling America’s theaters.  Considering this, they combine to make the movie one of the year’s top new DVD/BD re-issues.  It can be pre-ordered online now direct 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 Re-Issue Two Classic Comedies Next Month

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Shout! Factory is set to re-issue a pair of classic comedies on Blu-ray next month.

Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie is scheduled to be released Tuesday, June 13. In the second of the famed comic duo’s big screen offerings, Cheech has to deal with an angry neighbor all while dealing with losing his job.  He also meets an attractive young woman with whom he hopes to have some fun.

Tommy doesn’t miss out on the fun.  This time out, he meets  Cheech’s cousin ( played by Cheech Marin) and the pair ends up making its way around Hollywood, getting in plenty of trouble along the way.  There are mishaps at a music store, a brothel, a comedy club and many other places that will leave audiences in stitches.

The dual-pronged story presented in Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie is not its only key elements. Guest appearances by Edie McClurg, Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson, John “Jambi” Paragon, Phil Hartman and a very young Paul Reubens add to the movie’s interest.

As if that is not enough, the movie also boasts a new interview with star Cheech Marin as bonus content.  An original theatrical trailer for the movie is also included with radio spots as additional bonus content.

Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie will retail for MSRP of $27.99 but can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store for $22.99.

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The second of the classic comedies set to be re-issued by Shout! Factory next month is Car Wash.  Richard Pryor leads an outstanding cast that plays the staff and customers of a Los Angeles car wash in this flick.

In this laugh riot comedy, audiences  are treated to the life in the day of a car wash in Los Angeles.  There is an attempted robbery, a chase with a man believed to be the “pop bottle bomber” and even an appearance by Pryor’s money hungry preacher “Wonder-Man,” who was based on a real life televangelist.  The movie is believed by some to be the forebear to Ice Cube’s Friday and Barbershop.

Car Wash will retail for MSRP of $27.99 but can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $22.99 via Shout! Factory’s online store.

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Shout! Factory, MLB Productions Go To Bat Again For 2016 World Series Game 7 Standalone Release

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It’s time to fly the “W” again.

Shout! Factory is going to bat with Chicago Cubs fans one more time next month when it releases the historic seventh game of the 2016 World Series in its own standalone Blu-ray and DVD release. The iconic game marked the end of a 108 year wait for the club, its fans and the city that supported it through thick and thin.

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2016 World Series: The Complete Game 7 Ultimate Edition will be released in stores and online on separate two-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets on Tuesday, May 9. Retailing for MSRP of $24.97 (Blu-ray) and $19.97 (DVD), viewers can pre-order it online now via Shout! Factory’s online store at a discounted price of $19.97 (Blu-ray) and $16.97 (DVD).

This latest presentation of the 2016 World Series’ seventh game presents the landmark four hour, twenty-eight minute matchup in its entirety complete with four separate audio options.  Those options are the original TV broadcast audio, Chicago Cubs radio broadcast, Cleveland Indians radio broadcast and Spanish-language broadcast.

As an additional bonus, the two-disc set also includes highlights of the Cubs’ 2016 postseason wins on the way to the World Series and the parade that followed.

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Shout! Factory Kids’ New ‘LPS’ DVD Is A “Star” In Itself

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Shout! Factory Kids’ latest entry in its ongoing series of Littlest Pet Shop DVD, Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Stars is a star in itself among the bigger picture of the series’ current collections.  The DVD, released Feb. 14, is yet another enjoyable collection of episodes for the whole family.  That is due in part to the collection’s featured episodes and their sequencing.  That will be discussed shortly.  The episodes’ writing is just as important to note in examining this collection if not more than the episodes themselves. While it is a minute detail here, the series’ animation can actually be noted in the case of at least one of the collection’s episodes.  Each element plays its own important part to the collection’s overall presentation.  All things considered, this collection proves in the end to indeed be another enjoyable addition to the series’ current list of entries and another one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.

Shout! Factory Kids’ latest Littlest Pet Shop DVD Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Stars is yet another enjoyable addition to the series’ current list of home releases.  It is also an easy, early pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new children’s DVDs.  That is due in part to the episodes that are featured on the DVD.  As with the series’ previous DVD releases, this collection features five more episodes from the family friendly animated series.  The episodes featured in this collection take families through the series’ second and third season.  What truly stands out here is that the episodes are presented in relative chronological order from start to finish.  This includes both overall and within the seasons themselves.  ‘Heart of Parkness’ and ‘Standup Stinker’ are both lifted from Season Two while ‘The Secret Recipe,’ ‘A Night at the Pawza’ and ‘Sue Syndrome’ are all lifted from Season Three.  On the surface, this seems like an unimportant element to examine.  In the bigger picture though, presenting the episodes in almost the same order as they aired in their original television broadcast shows a dedication to properly transferring the episodes from television to DVD.  Simply put, it’s an aesthetic element, but an important one nonetheless.  To that end, it is still a highly important piece of the DVD’s overall presentation, and not the only important piece either.  The writing behind each episode is just as important to examine as the episodes themselves.

The episodes featured in Shout! Factory Kids’ latest LPS DVD collection are in themselves important to the DVD’s overall presentation.  That is because they are presented in relatively the same order as they were in their original broadcast.  This is not the first time that Shout! Factory Kids has taken such painstaking efforts to properly transfer the series’ episodes from television to DVD.  That being the case, it makes this element well worth noting.  Just as important to note in examining the collection’s overall presentation is the work of the show’s writers within each episode.  The writing is notable first because of the stories that are at the center of each episode.  The writing in the set’s opening episode “Heart of Parkness” shows that the episodes can and do entertain even when only one of the cast is a story’s focus.  In this case, Sunil is the focus as he is separated from his fellow pet pals and is forced to defend a group of “native” raccoons in the park from a King Cobra.  The setup for the story comes from the Biskit twins’ release of the exotic snake from their father’s pet store because of their own selfishness.  Considering the very real issue of people having (many times illegally) exotic pets and the dangers posed therein, suspension of disbelief here becomes relatively easy.

“Standup Stinker” is another key example of why the episodes’ writing is so important to note. The dual-pronged story line presented in “Standup Stinker” sees both Pepper and Minka following their own dreams, connecting both with plenty of humor along the way.  This touches on another element of the writing that is so important to note–its pop culture references.  True lovers of classic sci-fi flicks will enjoy the manner in which the writers spoofed so many classic sci-fi/alien flicks here as the pets try to make Minka believe she has become the first monkey on Mars right down to the poorly designed alien costumes.  On another note, there is also a joke made through a reference to eBay at the episode’s end that only parents will appreciate.  Speaking of jokes that only grown-ups will appreciate, the story at the center of “The Secret Recipe” is one that adults will enjoy just as much as their children if not more so.

The story at the center of “The Secret Recipe” sees Blythe’s friend Youngmee Song pitching her not so tasty pet treats on a show called Bear Cave, which is very similar to ABC’s hit series Shark Tank.  In the case of Bear Cave, the “hosts” are dressed in bear suits (yes, bear suits).  The full-on spoof of Shark Tank highlights the often times silliness despite attempts by its heads to make it come across as something serious.  That is shown through the “hosts’” reactions and their general personas as well as Youngmee’s pitch.  The scenario is set up through a class project in which Blythe, Youngmee and their classmates have to develop their own businesses.  Again, such a setup is believable as there are some schools (and teachers) who do use this teaching method in their classrooms in real life.  It’s just one more way in which the writing proves so important to the DVD’s overall presentation.  Together with so many other examples, it becomes clear why the writing is so important to the collection’s presentation.  It still is not the last element worth noting here.  The animation is, surprisingly, worth noting here, too.

The episodes that make up the body of LPS: Pet Stars and the writing within each episode is important alone and collectively to this collection’s presentation, as has been pointed out already.  While both elements are clearly important in their own right to the DVD’s presentation, they are only two of its most important elements.  The show’s animation is a minute detail to note here, but is in fact worth noting in this case.  That statement is supported partially in the design of the King Cobra in “Heart of Parkness.”  Rather than make the snake a full-on scary character, the show’s animators maintained a King Cobra’s look but also made the snake not look too scary or menacing.  By making sure the snake didn’t look too scary, the animators helped ensure even more engagement by the show’s younger audiences.  The work of the series’ animators also proves important in “Standup Stinker” as they designed a famous comedian as the host of a comedy competition show.  The animators took David Letterman’s tooth gap for the comedian’s design, crossed it with Conan O’Brien’s face and hair, and Jay Leno’s chin for quite the interesting hybrid figure.  Just as with so much of the writing, this design is something that only adults will appreciate.  On another note, the “hosts” of Bear Cave are an impressive likeness of the “sharks” on ABC’s Shark Tank; so much so that the “sharks,” if they see these designs, would be moved to laugh at the similarities between themselves and the “bears.”  It’s just one more ways in which the animation proves so important to this collection of episodes.  When it is set alongside the episodes, their sequencing and the equally impressive writing within each episode, the whole of these elements shows fully why this collection is a star among this year’s current field of new children’s DVDs.

Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Stars is a star in itself among this year’s current crop of new children’s DVDs.  That is, as already has been explained, due to the episodes featured in this collection and their sequencing, the writing within the episodes and even the animation featured in the series.  Each element shows in its own way to be an important piece of the presentation’s whole.  All things considered, they make Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Stars another enjoyable experience for audiences of all ages and—once again—one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store.

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Shout! Factory Kids Announces Release Date For First ‘Kuu Kuu Harajuku’ Collection

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The first collection of Nickelodeon’s animated series Kuu Kuu Harajuku is set to be released in stores and online this summer.

The series, which features the voice talent of Gwen Stefani (No Doubt, The Voice), will see its first volume of episodes, Kuu Kuu Harajuku : Music, Baby!, released in stores and online on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  It will feature 14 episodes from the series’ debut season.  The collection’s episodes are noted below.

Episodes Include:

Totally Teen Genie / Angel’s Flight

Music, Baby / Wanted Audience

Game Over / Phony Ponies

Hello Puppy / G, This Is Awfully Deep

Baby’s Birthday / Labor Of Love

Bad Boy and Little Girl / Yummy Bear Nado

Drums of Doom / Adventures In Housesitting

*Special Features TBD

Early shipments of the DVD will include a bonus code to download the series’ theme song while supplies last.  It can be pre-ordered online now via Amazon and ShoutFactory.com.

Kuu Kuu Harajuku follows the all-girl band HJ5 through its world of music, fashion and style.  It is Stefani’s brainchild and aimed directly at young female audiences, encouraging them to express themselves, celebrate their individuality and use their imaginations.

The series is co-created and produced by Moody Street Kids (Australia), Vision Animation (Malaysia) and Gwen Stefani.  It is commissioned by Network Ten with investment funding from Film Victoria (Australia) and MyCreative Ventures (Malaysia).

DHX Media distributes the series internationally and licensed the series to Shout! Factory.

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Students, Lovers Of The Biological, Ecological Sciences Will Appreciate ‘Wonders Of The Arctic’

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Shout! Factory gave audiences an early taste of winter this past September when it released the documentary presentation Wonders of the Arctic on Blu-ray/Digital combo pack and 4KUHD/BD 3D/Blu-ray/digital expanded combo pack.  Yet another of the company’s recent IMAX offerings, the 40-minute-plus program is an interesting look at life in the Arctic that is worth at least one watch.  That is due in part to its central topic.  That will be discussed shortly.  The information provided within the program is just as important to note in examining the program’s presentation as its central topic.  That will be discussed later.  As with Shout! Factory’s other IMAX offerings, this program’s cinematography stands proudly as one of the program’s most outstanding elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Wonders of the Arctic a program that students and lovers of the biological and ecological sciences will appreciate.

Wonders of the Arctic is a program that any student and lover of the biological and ecological sciences will appreciate.  They will agree it is a program that is worth at least one watch.  That statement is supported in part through the program’s central topic.  The topic in question is that of life in the Arctic.  It presents the interaction and intersection of humans and wildlife in one of the planet’s coldest regions.  At the same time, it also points out the delicate balance that humans and animals share in that area.  What is so important about this is that while it points out that balance, those behind the program never allow the message of that balance become preachy.  That is important to note because at least two other offerings in the company’s IMAX series – The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea and Humpback Whales – have both been blatantly preachy in nature.  This program however, walks that line but never allows itself to fall in with those counterparts.  That being the case, it does its own part to ensure audiences’ engagement at least to a point.  It is just one of the elements that should be noted in examining this program’s presentation.  The information presented within the program is just as important to note as the program’s central topic.

The central topic presented in Wonders of the Arctic is a key piece of the program’s overall presentation.  That is because those behind the program never allow it to become too much of an activist film, unlike some of its counterparts, as it presents the intersection of human and animal life in one of the planet’s coldest places.  That is just one piece of the program that should be noted here.  The information that is provided throughout the program is just as important to note as its central topic.  One of the most interesting pieces of information presented in this program focuses on the ways in which the Inuit people survive in the region.  Audiences will be interested to see that they keep alive the tradition of using every part of the animals they hunt.  That includes animals both above and below the ice.  Touching on the matter of the information’s balance between informational and influential, narrator Victor Garber discusses the changes in the region’s ice flows and the impact those changes are having on the area at one point.  This is one example of the information presented here consciously effectively walking that line.  There is also mention of the research conducted on the area to study how much the region has changed over time.  Even this mention manages to effectively balance information and influence.  It is one more example, too of the importance of the presented information to the program’s whole.  There is plenty of other information that audiences will appreciate just as much.  All things considered, the information presented throughout Wonders of the Arctic clearly proves to be just as important to the program’s presentation as its central topic, and is just one more of the program’s key elements.  The program’s cinematography is just as important as its topic and associated information if not even more important than those elements combined.

The topic at the heart of Wonders of the Arctic and its associated information are both key pieces of the program’s overall presentation.  The two in themselves do plenty to keep viewers entertained.  When they are set against one another, they ensure even more, audiences’ engagement.  While both elements play their own important part in the program’s whole, they are just two of the program’s key elements.  The program’s cinematography is just as important to note in examining its presentation as the previously discussed elements.  Audiences will marvel at the aerial shots over the mountainous parts of the region just as much as they will the footage recorded in the area’s icy waters.  Viewers will enjoy just as much getting to ride along on sled dog rides across the icy terrain.  These are just some of the ways in which the program’s cinematography stands out.  There is so much more for audiences to enjoy just from the visual angle here.  When that outstanding overall cinematography is set alongside the program’s largely focused topic and equally engaging information, they make the program overall a work that, again, students and lovers of the biological and ecological sciences will appreciate.

Wonders of the Arctic, another entry in Shout! Factory’s IMAX series, is a work that students and lovers of the biological and ecological sciences will appreciate.  They will agree it is a program worth at least one watch.  That is proven in part through the program’s largely focused central topic.  While it walks the line between being informative and influencing, it never allows itself to become preachy unlike a couple of its counterparts.  The information presented throughout the program is just as important to note because it ensures even more, audiences’ engagement.  The program’s cinematography rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Wonders of the Arctic a program worth at least one watch by students and lovers of the biological and ecological sciences.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct 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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