Shout! Factory Launches New Weekly Podcast Series

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Shout! Factory TV has launched a new weekly interview podcast series featuring discussions with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

Shout!Takes, hosted by Shout! Factory’s Brian Ward, is presented once weekly and features interviews with actors from the worlds of both film and television. The series debuted Dec. 15 with an interview with Jeff Goldblum, star of Universal Pictures’ 1985 action thriller Into The Night.

The interview was part of Shout! Factory’s promotion for its recent Blu-ray re-issue of the noted movie. Goldblum imagines what his character, Ed Okin, would be like today. He also shares memories of his early career with Ward during his interview. Audiences can view Goldblum’s interview online now here.

Shout!Takes‘ second episode runs this Friday, Dec. 15. It will feature an interview with John Lithgow. Lithgow will discuss his work on Buckaroo Bonzai Across The 8th Dimension (1984), which has also recently re-issued via Shout! Factory.

Episode 3, which is scheduled to run Dec. 22, features an interview with Peter Dinklage and Steve Buscemi about their work on Living in Oblivion (1995).

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‘2017 World Series’ Doc Is An Excellent Companion Piece To The ‘2017 World Series Collector’s Edition’ Set

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The Houston Astros’ run to the 2017 World Series Championship is an historic part of Major League Baseball’s history. When the city that the team calls home was inundated by flood waters from Hurricane Harvey, the team became a beacon of hope for its residents. The team took that mantle and literally ran with it, giving its all from one game to the next, eventually finishing the regular season with 101 wins before advancing steadily but surely through the post season and on to the World Series Championship. Now thanks to Major League Baseball Productions and Shout! Factory, baseball fans nationwide can relive the Astros’ unlikely season, from the devastation of Harvey this summer to the final out of the World Series’ seventh game in the new 2017 World Series documentary. That story is told through the doc’s bonus material and its roughly 90-minute main feature, both of which are key elements of the doc’s presentation. The doc’s availability on DVD, Blu-ray and digital on one platform is also key in that it allows viewers to take in the story in all three platforms through just one setting. Each element is important in its own right to this forthcoming documentary, which is currently set to be released Tuesday, Dec. 5. All things considered, they make this documentary a solid companion piece for the 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros.

Major League Baseball Productions and Shout! Factory’s upcoming 2017 World Series documentary is a solid companion piece to the companies’ also soon-to-be-released 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros. That is due in no small part to the story told through the pairing of the doc’s bonus material and its main feature. The main feature, which runs roughly 90 minutes, takes audiences through the entirety of the 2017 World Series, one game at a time, while also acknowledging the motivation that the Astros had to play so hard. It is told through the words of the men who took to the field on both sides of the ball game-by-game and through footage recorded during each game. That footage includes pre-game warmups by both teams. The frank words from the players does plenty to enhance the series’ importance because it lets audiences know firsthand what they must have been feeling in each game. The original broadcast audio from both teams’ radio networks adds even more emotion to the story. While there is some extraneous narration from Morgan Spector, his verbiage is kept to a minimum, making the experience all the more enjoyable. That minimization allows the teams and announcers to tell the story, again making for plenty of enjoyment. That enjoyment more than ensures viewers’ maintained engagement from beginning to end. Of course the story told through the doc’s main feature is only one way in which the story told here proves so solid. The story told through the bonus material also plays into that strength.

The bonus material included in the 2017 World Series documentary includes two short yet impacting segments — “Houston Strong” and “How They Got There” — that tell the story of the Astros’ motivation to play hard for Houston and the impact of that drive. The prior tells the story in short but concise fashion, the story of Hurricane Harvey hitting Houston and of the Astros’ desire to be there for the city’s people. The latter tells the story of how the team’s efforts got it through its highs and even the lows of mid-season injuries, eventually giving way to the acquisition of Justin Verlander and the return to form for the Astros. The whole thing culminates with the Astros’ ALCS win over the Yankees. Given, it’s an extremely brief mention, but is there nonetheless. The bonus “Clenching Moments” and “Regular Season Highlights” reels add to the story told through the two main bonuses, making for even more engagement and entertainment for audiences. When all of this additional bonus material is set alongside the doc’s main feature, the end result is, for all intents and purposes, an in-depth story of how the Astros went from starting over from 2016’s struggles to taking on the mantle of Houston’s guiding light (so to speak) to Major League Baseball Champions. It is a story that every baseball fan will appreciate regardless of team loyalty, and is just one more reason that the doc in whole proves such a solid companion to the 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros. The availability of the program on three separate platforms in one single setting puts the finishing touch on the program’s presentation.

Major League Baseball Productions and Shout! Factory have made it possible for audiences to enjoy the 2017 World Series documentary on DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms in one single combo pack. That’s nothing new for the companies’ World Series documentaries. What is really great for audiences is that they have made it possible for audiences to enjoy the program on all three platforms in one single setting, rather than forcing them to choose between platforms. The average price point of $22.78 ($23 and change with tax) gives audiences all three platforms in one, allowing them to enjoy the program at home and on the go. For those wanting just one platform, the program is also being made available on standalone DVD at an aver age price point of $20.22. That’s not a bad price point, and is cheaper on the surface than the price point for the 3-platform combo pack. However in a 24/7 digital world, the slightly more expensive combo pack that includes a digital download code makes more sense. Not only that but it also allows audiences to watch the program on any platform or even lend one of the discs to family and/or friends without worry. Keeping that in mind, the availability of this documentary on both multi-platform setting and a single platform setting shows how much thought was put even into this aspect of its presentation. MLB Productions and Shout! Factory are to be commended just as much for this as for the product presented through the program’s central and bonus content. When all of this is considered along with the story told through the noted content, the result is a presentation that is just as enjoyable to take in as the actual World Series and that expertly completes the presentation of this year’s Fall Classic.

MLB Productions and Shout! Factory’s upcoming 2017 World Series documentary program is a solid companion piece for the companies 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros. It takes the presentation in that program and builds on it by giving audiences an even deeper look into the World Series from the mouths of the men who took the field. It also takes audiences through the Astros’ regular and post season with separate highlights reels. Those reels, while short, come together in whole to paint a relatively full picture of Houston’s road to the World Series. The availability of that full story on three platforms in one setting (DVD/BD/digital combo pack) strengthens the program’s presentation even more. Each element is clearly important in its own right to the presentation’s whole. All things considered, they make the 2017 World Series documentary a solid companion piece for the 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros and certainly another program that every baseball fan will appreciate regardless of team loyalty. It will be available Dec. 5 and 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, MLB Productions Score Again With The 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros

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The boys of summer are officially done for another year, but as teams take their annual break from the fields, fans nationwide will soon have a new way to pass the time as they count the days to the start of the 2018 season. That is because Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball have partnered to release this season’s seven-game World Series in whole on DVD and Blu-ray in the form of the 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros. This collection is everything that baseball fans have come to expect from the sport’s annual World Series collections beginning with the series’ very presentation. This will be discussed shortly. The set’s companion booklet adds to that presentation, and will be discussed later. The set’s bonus American League Championship Series Game 7 is a welcome bonus that rounds out the set’s most important elements. Each element is key in its own way in this collection’s presentation. All things considered, they make this latest World Series Collection another set that baseball fans nationwide will appreciate regardless of team loyalty.

Major League Baseball and Shout! Factory’s forthcoming 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros is a collection that baseball fans nationwide will appreciate regardless of team loyalty. That is due in no small part to the set’s very presentation. Presented in this set is the complete 2017 World Series. All seven games are shown from the top of each inning to the bottom just as they aired on FOX stations nationwide. As an added bonus, audiences can choose how they experience the game’s call not just one way, not two ways, but four ways — the Dodgers’ radio network, Astros’ radio network, Spanish-Language radio broadcast and Fox television broadcast. In giving audiences so many listening options once again, Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball Productions have once more shown great respect for baseball fans everywhere. The edits between innings are clean, making the experience all the more engaging and entertaining. That is because keeping the commercial breaks in the production maintains the feeling of having seen the series live without the wait times from the initial airings. As if all of that is not enough for audiences, each disc once again presents the final score for said game on its art, setting the stage before each game even starts. Shout! Factory and MLB Productions are to be highly commended for paying such close attention to every detail yet again. It shows that MLB Productions has lived up to its reputation once more in this box set. Keeping that in mind, it’s just one way in which MLB Productions has impressed yet again with this set. The companion booklet included in the set adds just as much enjoyment to the set’s presentation.

The companion booklet that is included in the 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros gives audiences just as much to appreciate as the presentation of the games themselves. As with every one of the Fall Classic’s past home releases, the 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros‘ companion booklet takes audiences game-by-game through the series. Stats for each team are presented again for each game alongside inning-by-inning scores, trivia about the teams’ (and series’) history, gametime weather, game lengths in terms of time (and innings) and so much more. Some of the key trivia included in the rundown for Game 1 included the revelation that this year’s series marked the first time since the 1970 World Series between the Reds and Orioles that two 100-game-plus teams faced off for MLB’s top title. In the Game 5 info, audiences learn that “the eight go-ahead homers and six game-tying blasts hit in Games 1 through 5 are both records for a Fall Classic of any length.” Between the in-depth, game-specific stats, trivia and other info included in the series’ companion booklet, audiences get a full standalone experience in itself from the booklet. When the games are on, audiences can use the booklet as a program of sorts, following every pitch, hit and out as it happens, making the experience just as good as being at the games, if not better. This dual purpose use makes clear why this set’s booklet is so important to its overall presentation. It is not the last of the set’s most critical elements, either. The set’s bonus American League Championship Series Game 7 presentation rounds out the set’s most important elements.

Just as with each of the World Series’ games, Shout! Factory and MLB Productions present the seventh game of the ALCS in its entirety. The companies did not ignore that game either in the set’s companion booklet. It is outlined in full in its own page in the booklet. Given, the trivia included in the World Series games is not there. The full details on the game are there, though, allowing audiences to follow that game just as easily as the World Series games. Also as with the World Series games, the ALCS Game 7 disc also features its final score on its art, once more setting the stage for the game. Houston won that game 4 – 0 against the Yankees, who at the time of this posting are interviewing Carlos Beltran (a former Yankees player) for its managerial job. When all the positives of this bonus game are set alongside the positives of the set’s 2017 World Series presentation, the whole of the two presentations — and the set’s companion booklet — make this collection overall yet another home run for Shout! Factory, MLB productions and baseball fans alike.

Shout! Factory and MLB Productions upcoming 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros box set is a collection that is a home run for baseball fans nationwide regardless of team loyalty. That is due in part to the full seven-game series presentation of this year’s World Series and the full presentation of the Astros’ ALCS Game 7 matchup against the New York Yankees. The set’s companion booklet adds even more to its presentation because of the breadth of information highlighted in each game. That includes game-specific trivia, box scores and stats. That information, coupled with the complete in-depth broadcasts, makes watching each game (whether on DVD or Blu-ray) just as good as seeing The 2017 World Series in its original broadcast if not better. The 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros will be available next Tuesday, Dec. 5. 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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Universal Pictures’ Thompson “Bio” Is One Of Murray’s Finest Comedic Performances

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Early this past June, Shout! Factory released to audiences what can only be described as one of the single most outrageous movies that the home entertainment company has ever put out when it made available Where The Buffalo Roam. This semi-biopic focuses on the career of the infamous journalist Hunter S. Thompson. It follows Thompson (played here by comic legend Bill Murray) over the course of the 1960s and 70s, culminating with Thompson following Richard Nixon’s campaign for the presidency. That story is among the movie’s most important elements. Murray’s portrayal of Thompson is just as important to note in examining the movie’s presentation as the story itself. The bonus interview with Thompson’s friend, screenwriter John Kaye, rounds out the movie’s most important elements. Each of the elements noted here is important in its own right to the movie’s presentation. All things considered, they make Where The Buffalo Roam one of the most intriguing cinematic offerings that Shout! Factory has ever released.

Shout! Factory’s release this past June of Universal Pictures’ Where The Buffalo Roam is one of the most significant of the home entertainment company’s releases so far this year. That is because it marked the first time that this take on Thompson’s life and career had been released up to that point. Given, it is not the first Thompson “bio” to be released — Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) presents another Thompson story — but is still quite the interesting story. the story opens with Thompson writing about his adventures with then lawyer Oscar Acosta during the 1960s and 70s. The pair’s drug and alcohol-fueled adventures play out like a Cheech & Chong movie, only more out there. From getting a hotel staff involved in his own out there football game as he tries to cover the Super Bowl to basically kidnapping a young hitchhiker, leaving the young man think he’s going to be killed, to addressing a group of college students about journalism as he drinks and smokes to so much more, the adventures featured in this story are so uncomfortable and unsettling that one can’t help but watch to see just how outrageous they can become. It is one of those stories that is so rare that it absolutely must be seen to be understood and appreciated. Keeping that in mind, it proves to be a story that is unforgettable and will be talked about for years to come, proving without a doubt its importance to this movie. It is of course, only one of the movie’s most important elements. Bill Murray’s take on Thompson is just as important to discuss in examining this movie as the movie’s story.

Murray’s take on Thompson is just as outrageous to experience as the story at the center of this movie. The lack of balance in Thompson’s personality throughout the movie is at times just as unnerving as the movie’s story, but that is meant in a positive manner. Viewers never know from one moment to the next which side of Thompson is going to come out, right up to the story’s final act. Viewers are left asking at the end if Thompson had finally gotten himself in order as he joins the Nixon campaign as a reporter or was it just one more part of a bigger story. His instability as he checks into his hotel ahead of the Super Bowl and as he trades a set of media passes for a man’s hat is just as entertaining in those moments as so many others. Murray really makes Thompson such an intriguing figure from one moment to the next. On a side note, it is interesting to note that Where The Buffalo Roam made its theatrical debut only months ahead of Caddyshack, another Bill Murray hit flick. Comparing Murray’s character in each movie, one can’t help but notice the similarities in the two men. It leaves one wondering if they played into one another at least to some point. Regardless, Murray’s portrayal of Thompson in Where The Buffalo Roam is still so wildly entertaining that it alone makes the movie worth the watch. Of course it is just one more reason for audiences to take in the movie. The bonus commentary from Thompson’s friend — and the movie’s writer — John Kaye adds its own interest to the movie.

Over the course of his interview, Kaye discusses his friendship with Thompson, noting its up-and-down nature. He notes how apparently there was some trepidation from certain parties about even releasing this movie. It is obvious at some points that Kaye has some upset feelings toward Thompson while at others there is a certain amount of fondness and respect for him. He even begins to tear up in the end of his interview as he discusses Thompson’s suicide in 2005, showing even more that despite the ups and downs of his relationship with Thompson, there was obviously some love for Thompson even as outrageous as he might have been in his life. Between that and so much more discussed during his roughly 15 – 20 minute interview, Kaye offers plenty of insight into who Hunter S. Thompson was and what makes this movie about him stand out.
Keeping in mind, the value of Kaye’s interview to the whole of Where The Buffalo Roam, Murray’s on-screen work and the story at the movie’s center, the whole of those elements gives audiences plenty to appreciate about Where The Buffalo Roam, making it a must see at least one time. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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‘Green Acres: The Complete Series’ Is A Must Have For Any Classic TV Fan

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Shout! Factory is going “Green” next month.  That is because for the first time ever, the renowned home entertainment company will release to the masses Green Acres: The Complete Series.  The six-season set is currently expected to be released in stores and online Tuesday, Oct. 17.  Those fans who have waited for so long for its release will be happy to know that with this forthcoming release, the wait was well worth it.  That is due in no small part to the episodes.  This will be discussed shortly.  The set’s packaging is another important part of its presentation that cannot and should not be ignored, and will be discussed later.  The bonus material included in this package rounds out its most important elements. Each element is important in its own right to the set’s presentation.  All things considered, the first-ever run of Green Acres: The Complete Series proves, again, to have been well worth the wait and one that is easily one of this year’s best new box sets for grown-ups.

Shout! Factory’s forthcoming release of Green Acres: The Complete Series is a set that fans of the classic sitcom will find was well worth the wait.  That is especially the case considering that its release next month will mark the first time that the show has ever received a full-series treatment.  That is due in part to the episodes presented here.  From start to finish, audiences get all 170 episodes of the classic series, including the series’ rare pilot episode, which even has its own audio commentary track featuring thoughts from pop culture historian Russell Dyball.  That commentary is just one of the bonuses included in the set that will be discussed later.  Getting back on the subject, this set marks the first time that all 170 episodes of the largely family friendly series have ever been released together or otherwise.  What’s more, each episode looks and sounds just as good as they did in their original broadcasts if not better.  This is a real tribute to the series’ fans on the part of Shout! Factory and MGM, and both companies are to be commended for those efforts.  That is just one of the reasons that both companies should be commended here.  The set’s packaging is deserving of just as much praise as the episodes and their presentation.

The packaging used for Green Acres: The Complete Series is once more everything that audiences have come to expect from box sets released via Shout! Factory.  All six seasons of the classic sitcom are set in their own cases with the discs themselves being placed on their own plates inside the boxes.  Even with four discs being placed inside each case (for a total of 24 discs), the cases are still standard single-disc DVD size cases, showing once again how much thought was obviously put into the set’s packaging.  While separating the seasons out into separate cases might have expanded the set’s overall packaging, it is a sacrifice worth having to make in order to preserve the discs, and in turn, the series.  What’s more, even while this method might expand the packaging, it still in essence doesn’t expand it too much.

The physical aspect of the set’s packaging is only one part of what makes this element stand out.  Once again, Shout! Factory has included inside each season’s case, a chronological episode listing for audiences that includes a short but concise summary for each episode, the episode’s original air date and title.  The result here is two-fold.  One on level, the episode title and summary helps audiences decide which episode(s) they want to watch at one point or another.  On another level, the air date serves as its own starting point for perhaps a history lesson on the episode and even the series.  In other words, the set’s packaging is pleasing not just for its physical aspect but for its aesthetic aspect, too.  Keeping all of this in mind, it becomes clear why this collection’s packaging is just as important as its episodes, if not more important.  Of course it is not the last of the set’s most important elements.  The set’s bonus material forms the set’s cornerstone.

The bonus material included with Green Acres: The Complete Series offers just as much entertainment as the series’ episodes if not more.  That is because of its quantity and quality.  As previously noted, the series’ pilot episode can be viewed both by itself and with an isolated audio commentary track from pop culture historian Russell Dyball.  Dyball’s commentary both entertains and informs audiences of all ages with his insight.  The Granby’s Green Acres radio broadcasts, which are also briefly discussed in the bonus featurette Green Acres Is The Place To Be.  Audiences get to experience for themselves here just some of the episodes from the short-lived radio broadcast series, which was the foundation for Green Acres.  After taking in those broadcasts and learning about them through the aforementioned bonus discussion with author Stephen Cox, audiences gain a whole new respect and appreciation for the series in both incarnations.  Speaking of Cox’s discussion, his discussion about Green Acres’ radio roots is just one of so many topics that he covers in his featurette. Along with that discussion, he also touches on the series’ connections to I Love Lucy, The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction and other series through casting, production and other topics.  That is just the tip of the iceberg, too.  He also goes into depth about the off-screen friendship between the series’ stars, Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor—there was nothing romantic there, so no one should get their hopes up for any gossip—the fact that Albert and Gabor were not the original picks for the show’s leads and why, the series’ animal stars and their training and even the importance of the series’ theme song as a scene setter for the show among so much more.  Between his in-depth discussions and those from Dyball, audiences get more than they could have hoped for in terms of engagement and entertainment.  The radio broadcasts and Merv Griffin Show appearances starring Albert and Gabor collectively add even more entertainment.  From one item to the next, it is clear that the bonus material included with Green Acres: The Complete Series is pivotal to this set’s presentation.  It collectively succeeds, too.  When it is considered alongside the series’ full 170-episode presentation and the continued standard-setting packaging, all three elements join to make this first-time release one that was well worth the wait and the money.  They join to make the set one of the year’s top new box sets for grown-ups.

Shout! Factory’s upcoming release of Green Acres: The Complete Series is definitely one that was well worth the wait.  It is also one of the year’s top new box sets for grown-ups (and maybe even families in whole, which the world needs more of in this day and age).  From the presentation of its full 170-episode run to its continued bar-setting packaging to its equally entertaining and engaging bonus material, it offers plenty for audiences to appreciate.  Considering that, audiences will agree when they experience it for themselves–once more-that it was well worth the wait and the cost.  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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‘Take A Good Look The Definitive Collection’ Is A Must See For Any Student, Lover Of The Broadcast Arts, History

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ABC’s classic panel game show Take A Good Look is one of the most important yet underappreciated programs in broadcasting history.  Shout! Factory will prove that this fall when it releases the program’s most comprehensive collection to date in the form of Take A Good Look: The Definitive Collection in stores and online.  The seven-disc collection presents 49 episodes from the short-lived late-night series.  The episodes presented here are collectively the set’s most important element, and for multiple reasons, too.  They will be discussed shortly.  The liner notes included with the set are just as important to the set’s presentation as its episodes and will be discussed later.  The set’s packaging rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is clearly important in its own right to the set’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Take A Good Look: The Definitive Collection proves in the end to be an important watch for any lover and student of broadcast history.

Shout! Factory’s forthcoming Take A Good Look: The Definitive Collection is an important collection for any lover and student of broadcast history to own.  It brings to light a program that is one of the industry’s most important yet underappreciated game shows as is evidenced through its episodes.  While the series ran for a total of 53 episodes over two seasons on ABC, only 49 of those episodes have ever been available, and Shout! Factory has made all 49 of those episodes available here, giving audiences here the fullest run of the show possible.  This is only one part of what makes the episodes so critical.  The show’s very format presented in these episodes is important to discuss, too.  That is because of the influence that it clearly has played on so many series since.  One part late night talk show and one part light-hearted panel show, one can easily see (and hear) the series’ influence on the likes of Whose Line Is It Anyway, National Public Radio’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me and even so many of today’s late night talk shows.  Even CBS’ classic Saturday morning cartoon series Garfield & Friends paid tribute to Take A Good Look in one of its U.S. Acres shorts.

On yet another level, the episodes featured here are important to note because of their historical and cultural importance.  Audiences will see here that along with the fun games, the episodes also feature the original Dutch Masters cigar ads that ran with the show in its original run.  It reminds audiences on one level of a time when tobacco companies were allowed to advertise on a wider scale than they can today.  On another level, the ads will surprise audiences in the fact that they apparently even targeted children.  One of the ads encouraged children to buy Dutch Masters cigar boxes for their fathers as Father’s Day gifts.  That in itself is certain to generate plenty of discussion as will some of the other ads featured here.

While the ads included with the set’s featured episodes add their own depth to the episodes’ presentation, they are not the last important part of what makes the episodes so important.  The episodes’ production values are just as important to note as the ads and the episodes’ content.  The production values (its audio and video) make watching the episodes like opening a virtual time capsule of sorts.  That is because audiences get here, the episodes’ original audio and video playback.  In other words, no effort was taken to re-master the episodes in regards to the audio or video.  In this case, this is a great thing.  That is because it shows how far television production technology has come since television’s golden age.  In turn, it shows how much production values have improved as a result of those technological advances.  Considering this element, the ads that run with the episodes, the show’s clear influence as a result of its format and the full episode listing, it becomes clear why the episodes featured here are so important to the overall presentation of Take A Good Look: The Definitive Collection.  The whole of those aspects leads the episodes collectively to form a solid foundation for the set; a foundation on which is strengthened even more through the bonus liner notes included with the set.

The liner notes included with this collection, composed by film & TV historian Ben Model, enhance the set’s presentation even more because of the depth of information provided therein.  Audiences learn through Model’s notes that apparently host Ernie Kovacs, who was known largely for other film and television work, that he apparently was not fond of Take A Good Look.  Just as interesting to learn is why exactly Kovacs even agreed to host the show and the possible reason that the show even managed two seasons.  These tidbits and so much more paint a vivid picture for the series even before audiences put in the first disc.  Keeping this in mind, it becomes clear why the set’s bonus liner notes prove to be just as important to this set’s presentation as its episodes.  The liner notes are not the last of the set’s most important elements either.  Its packaging rounds out its most important elements.

The packaging used for this set is everything that audiences have come to expect from Shout! Factory in regards to its box sets.  Each of the set’s six discs is placed on its own plate inside the set’s box, protecting the discs from each other and also minimizing the box’s size as much as possible.  The set’s episode listing is printed clearly on the inside of the box’s art, too and includes the episodes’ air date, guest name and the episodes’ specific discs.  That listing once again provides a clear guide for audiences as they select the episodes that they want to watch, proving once more why this set deserves such high praise.  When this is considered along with the set’s in-depth liner notes and just as deep episodes, it becomes perfectly clear why this set in whole is such an important collection for any lover and student of television history.  What’s more, it becomes just as clear why Take A Good Look is itself such an important part of not just television history but broadcast history in whole.  Keeping all of this in mind, one can’t help but agree that this set deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new DVD/BD box sets for grown ups.

Shout! Factory’s upcoming release of Take A Good Look: The Definitive Collection is a must see for any lover and student of the broadcast arts and their associated history.  That is due to episodes that show their own depth and value along with liner notes and production values that are just as critical as the set’s episodes.  Keeping all of that in mind, the set in whole proves that it deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new DVD/BD box sets for grown-ups.  It will be released in stores and online Oct. 17 and 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 Partner To Release ‘The Good Place: Season 1’

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Shout! Factory is taking audiences to a “Good Place” this fall.

Shout! Factory will release the first season of NBC’s hit sitcom The Good Place in stores and online on Oct. 17.  The series follows protagonist Eleanor Shellstrop  (Kristen Bell-Bad Moms, Veronica Mars, Frozen) as she navigates her unexpected afterlife following a clerical error  landed her upstairs instead of downstairs.

Bell is joined in Season One by veteran actor Ted Danson (Cheers¸ Becker, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and by William Jackson Harper (The Electric Company, True Story, All Good Things) among others in this surprise hit comedy’s debut season.

Along with 13 full-length episodes, the series’ lead season also comes with a handful of bonuses including a pair of audio commentaries, a gag reel, table read and more.  The Good Place: Season 1 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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