BBC’s ‘The Watch’ Is A Success In Hopefully The First Of Many Seasons To Come

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More than six years ago when the British television network itv premiered its short-lived action series, Jekyll & Hyde, that series proved a big hit among many audiences.  Even with its popularity, the series ended up getting canceled after just one season.  The decision by the network’s heads to cancel the series due to pressure from certain group was a terrible decision.  That is because the series really could have been something great had it been given more of a chance.  Now years later, fans of BBC’s The Watch are hoping executives at that network do not make the same mistake with that series.  The show, which is an adaptation of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, ran for eight episodes from January to February of this year and was released to Blu-ray and DVD over the summer.  For those who have yet to watch this hopefully inaugural (and not only) season, it is a surprisingly enjoyable presentation.  That is even with the deviations from Pratchett’s original novels.  Speaking of which, the story at the heart of the show forms a strong foundation for the show.  It will be discussed shortly.  The cast’s work on camera adds to the show’s appeal and will be discussed a little later.  The bonus content that accompanies the show’s home release rounds out its most important elements and will also be examined later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the show’s home release.  All things considered, they make the hopefully first of many seasons to come a success from beginning to end.

BBC’s The Watch is a surprisingly enjoyable presentation from which so many American network executives could take a hint.  That is because of how bland and boring so much American television programming is today in comparison to this and so many other shows from “the old country.”  The show’s success comes in large part through its story.  The story centers on a group of misfit law enforcement officers in an alternate dimension who for years had done little to nothing in the way of law enforcement.  That is because crime in the city that they “watch” has become largely legal.  The Watch’s officers – Capt. Sam Vimes (Richard Dormer – Fortitude), Cpl. Cherry (Jo Eaton-Kent – Lessons, Don’t Forget The Driver), Cpl. Angua von Uberwald (Marama Corlett – Guardians of the Galaxy, Blood Drive, Sick Note) and Sgt. Detritus (Craig Macrae – Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter) spend most of their time just sitting in their office until one day when the young, naïve Constable Carrot Ironfoundersson (Adam Hugill – 1917, The Banishing, Sherwodd) comes along and shakes things up.  He and the re-emergence of Vimes’ former friend turned villain – Carcer Dunn (Samuel Adewunmi – Angela Black, You Don’t Know Me, Prime Suspect: Tennison) lead the officers to start returning to what The Watch once did.  It also leads the outcasts to grow personally and as a family of sorts as they work to try and prevent Carcer from achieving his evil goal.

Speaking of Carcer and his goal, he and his plan actually are just part of a bigger plot.  Not to give away too much here, but as the series continues, it turns out that Carcer is really just a pawn in a bigger plan by a group of unseen beings.  Many viewers might have missed this, but those beings really are a sort of updated take on the Gods in The Odyssey.  Just like they caused so much trouble for Odysseus in that timeless epic tale, these “gods” have their own plan for Vimes and company.  Keeping that in mind, that link between this show and such classical literature makes for its own appeal within the story.

As the story progresses, the character development that takes place within each of The Watch’s officers also plays into the story’s appeal.  Audiences will enjoy watching the growing relationship between Carrot and Angua in its subtleties, as well as Vimes’ own development.  Seeing him go from a “bottomed out” alcoholic police officer back to his former confidence is engaging and entertaining in its own right.  In the same vein, watching Cherry come into his/her own identity makes for its own interest, too. 

Getting back to the story itself, another big part of the story’s success comes in its overall execution.  Yes, it is a serialized show here.  However, the show’s writers somehow managed to make it feel episodic within the bigger picture of the serialized nature of the overall series.  The stories all connect but are their own from one to the next.  Now full discretion (and again, not to give away too much), the last episode does feel like it runs longer than it should have.  It seems like it could have wrapped itself up at many points, but then keeps going.  It makes one wonder how many hands were in the proverbial pot, considering this problem.  Thankfully it does finally end, and when it does, it leaves the door wide open for a second season that again BBC’s officials will hopefully provide.  That is because that second seasons is not only needed but deserved.

While the story featured in the hopefully inaugural season of The Watch does a lot to make it so enjoyable (even with the deviations from the source material in mind), it is just one part of what makes the show so enjoyable.  The cast’s work on camera does its own part to make the presentation engaging and entertaining.  Right from the top is Dormer’s work.  His take of Vimes throughout the show is the most notable.  The subtle way in which Dormer takes Vimes from a hopeless, alcoholic bum to a more self-assured, confident leader makes for so much appeal in itself.  That character development alongside his comedic timing throughout the show adds to the appeal in his acting, too.  Similarly, Eaton-Kent’s almost deadpan persona against the edgier presence of Corlett and the naivety of Ironfoundersson presented by Hugill makes for such a welcome contrast among the cast.  The cast members each make their characters’ personalities so rich yet controlled at the same time.  It shows such professionalism and in turn engagement and entertainment from each cast member.  Of course, one cannot ignore the work of Lara Rossi opposite Dormer.  Her matter of fact, “straight woman” persona opposite Dormer’s Vimes crates its own interesting character contrast that entertains and engages in its own right, too.

On yet another note, Wendell Pierce’s performance as Death is just as worth noting as the other cast members’ work.  The same can be said of Adewunmi’s work as Carcer.  Pierce’s performance, his very persona is so laugh-inspiring in the best way possible.  Instead of being this dark, evil character, he is just laid back, wishing he could be like any human whose soul he has to take upon their dying.  He even complains about it so often, stating, “No one ever listens, no one ever pays attention.”  He declarations and general presence makes Pierce’s work such a wonderful addition even being a supporting role.

Adewunmi does everything right that so many American actors get wrong in the way of playing an overly obsessed megalomaniac.  The subtle control in his anger is so gripping thanks to Adewunmi’s work.  The way in which he emotes, gives him an almost scary calm as he talks about bringing down the dragon to destroy the city and the whole world.  Even as he faces Wonse (Bianca Simone Mannie – Homeland, Vagrant Queen, Our Girl) in the final episode (again not too much will be given away here), accepting his fate, audiences cannot help but be gripped by that reaction.  It is just one more example of the importance of the cast’s work.  Keeping the cast’s overall work in mind here along with the impact of the story, the presentation becomes that much more engaging and entertaining.  Those items are just a part of what makes the show so appealing.  The bonus content that accompanies the show in its home release rounds out its most important items.

The bonus content that accompanies the show runs in a range of directions.  The lead, “Making of” feature takes audiences behind the scenes and shows how some of the program’s key scenes and characters were handled.  The discussion, for instance, on the determination of the show’s creative heads to avoid using CG at all costs really instills more respect for those efforts and the show.  The discussion in question comes as the costume and makeup officials talk about how they created the costume for Sgt. Detritus.  Watching the amount of work that went into the costume’s creation is awe-inspiring.  On another note, there is also a separate discussion in another feature that acknowledges the difficulty in staying true to Pratchett’s novels in creating this show.  The respect that is shown by all involved will hopefully encourage the show’s critics to change their minds about the program.  As if that is not enough, the character profiles do their own share to also show the importance of the cast’s work.  It compliments the other bonuses noted here and the rest of the bonus content to make the overall bonus content just as important to the presentation here as the cast’s work and the story.  When all three items are considered together, they make the overall presentation that is The Watch well worth the watch.

BBC’s The Watch is a surprisingly engaging and entertaining presentation.  Despite what many of its critics would have people believe, it is engaging and entertaining.  That is due in part to the show’s central story.  Yes, there are deviations from the source material, but few TV shows and/or movies based on books have ever been 100 percent true to its source material.  That is just sadly how it is.  Even with that in mind, the story here is still its own entertaining presentation.  From its ability to solidly balance episodic and serialized writing, to its very presentation, the story offers plenty for audiences to appreciate in itself.  The cast’s work joins with the story to make the presentation even more engaging and entertaining.  That is because each cast member’s work is so believable.  From one to the next, each performance is unique and bounces off the others just as well.  The bonus content that accompanies the show in its recent home release puts the finishing touch to the presentation.  It adds just enough background to enhance the viewing experience even more enjoyable.  Each item examined is important in its own way to The Watch.  All things considered, they make this show one of the best of this year’s new home DVD/BD releases for grown-up audiences.  One can only hope at this point that it will get a second season and that the BBC will not make the same mistake that itv made with Jekyll & Hyde.

The Watch is available now.  More information on The Watch is available along with all of the show’s latest news at:

Website: https://bbcstudios.com/case-studies/the-watch

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWatchTV

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ESPN Networks To Cover WNBA Playoffs

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The 2021 WNBA Playoffs start Thursday, and the ESPN networks will have full coverage of the games.

Coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET Thursday as No. 7 Dallas goes on the road against No. 6 Chicago. Coverage continues at 10 p.m. as No. 5 Phoenix hosts No. 8 New York. Both games will air on ESPN2.

The full schedule for this year’s WNBA Playoffs on the ESPN networks is noted below.’

 WNBA Playoffs Presented by Google – Television Schedule

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Thu, Sep 238 p.m.First Round (Single Elimination)
No. 7 Dallas at No. 6 Chicago Ryan Ruocco, Rebecco Lobo, Holly Rowe
ESPN2
10 p.m.First Round (Single Elimination)
No. 8 New York at No. 5 Phoenix
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson, Ros Gold-Onwude
ESPN2
Sun, Sep 26TBD  Second Round (Single Elimination)
TBD at No. 3 Minnesota
TBD
TBD  Second Round (Single Elimination)
TBD at No. 4 Seattle
TBD
Tue, Sep 288 p.m.Semifinals Game 1
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut
ESPN2
10 p.m.Semifinals Game 1
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas
ESPN2
Thu, Sep 308 p.m.Semifinals Game 2
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut
ESPN2
10 p.m.Semifinals Game 2
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas
ESPN2
Sun, Oct 3TBDSemifinals Game 3
No. 1 Connecticut at TBD
TBD
TBDSemifinals Game 3
No. 2 Las Vegas at TBD
TBD
Wed, Oct 6TBDSemifinals Game 4*
No. 1 Connecticut at TBD
ESPN
TBDSemifinals Game 4*
No. 2 Las Vegas at TBD
ESPN
Fri, Oct 8TBDSemifinals Game 5*
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut
ESPN2
TBDSemifinals Game 5*
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas
ESPN2
Sun, Oct 103 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 1ABC
Wed, Oct 139 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 2ESPN
Fri, Oct 159 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 3ESPN2
Sun, Oct173 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 4*ESPN
Tue, Oct 199 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 5*ESPN2

Two broadcast teams will cover the games in this year’s playoffs. They are noted below

  • Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, and Holly Rowe
  • Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson, and Ros Gold-Onwude

Monica McNutt will anchor studio coverage of the playoffs with additional commentary from Carolyn Peck.

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2021 WNBA Playoffs is available along with the latest WNBA headlines at:

Website: https://www.espn.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ESPN

Twitter: https://twitter.com/espn

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ESPN Announces College Football Championships Broadcast Schedule

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The 2021 college football season is still very young, but ESPN has already planned its coverage of the sport’s “post season.”

A press release distributed Wednesday announced it will air seven conference championship games between Dec. 3 and 4. The conference championship games will be for the Pac-12, Big 12, MAC, Sunbelt Conference, American Athletic Conference, Southwest Athletic Conference, and Atlantic Coast Conference.

Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET Dec. 3 on ABC and ESPN Radio with coverage of the PAC-12 championship. The other six championships will air throughout the day Dec. 4, starting with the Big 12 and MAC championships at noon. The Big 12 Championship is scheduled to air live on ABC and ESPN Radio while the MAC Championship is scheduled to air on ESPN.

Coverage continues at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN with the Sun Belt Conference Championship. The AAC Champion will be crowned in that conference’s championship game at 4 p.m. ET on ABC.

Kickoff for the SWAC Championship is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The day winds down at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN Radio with coverage of the ACC Championship.

The full Dec. 3-4 CFB Conference Championship Schedule is noted below.

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Fri, Dec 38 p.m.Pac-12 Championship Game
(Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas, Nev.)
ABC/ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec 4NoonDr Pepper Big 12 Championship Game
(AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas)
ABC/ESPN Radio
 Rocket Mortgage MAC Championship Game
(Ford Field – Detroit, Mich.)
ESPN
3:30 p.m.Sun Belt Conference Championship Game
(Campus Site TBD)
ESPN
4 p.m.American Athletic Conference Championship Game
(Campus Site TBD)
ABC
 SWAC Championship Game
(Campus Site TBD)
ESPN2
8 p.m.Subway ACC Championship Game
(Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, N.C.)
ABC/ESPN Radio

More information on the ESPN networks’ college football coverage is available along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

Website: https://espn.com/college-football

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CFBonESPN

Twitter: https://twitter.com/espncfb

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Turner Sports Announces Details For NHL Pre-Season Double Header Schedule

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Turner Network Sports will start its coverage of the NHL next week.

The company made the announcement Wednesday through a news release. The document states the company will launch its first-ever season of NHL coverage Sept. 30 with a double header schedule.

The schedule opens at 7:30 p.m. ET with a matchup of the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins. The Las Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings will take to the ice in the schedule’s second game at 10 p.m. ET.

Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk, and Keith Jones will provide commentary and coverage for the Flyers-Bruins game. Brendan Burke, Darren Pang and Jackie Redmond will have the call for the Golden Knights-Kings game.

Studio coverage for the upcoming double header will come courtesy of host Liam McHugh, analysts Anson Carter and Rick Tocchet, and contributor Tarik El-Bashir.

In related news, TNT will launch its inaugural season of NHL regular season coverage at 7:30 p.m. ET Oct. 13. The opening game in the evening’s double header schedule will see the New York Rangers on the road against their Eastern Conference foes, the Washington Capitals. Later at 10 p.m. ET, the Western Conference takes to the ice as the Colorado Avalanche will host the Chicago Blackhawks.

Counting those two games, TNT’s regular season coverage of the NHL’s 2021-22 season will feature games on 25 Wednesday nights, including 15 double headers. Additionally, TNT’s coverage includes coverage of the 2022 Discover NHL Winter Classic (scheduled to take place Jan. 2, 2022), the 2022 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series (Feb. 26), and 2022 Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic (March 13). Also, TNT will feature seven weekend of Sunday afternoon telecasts in March and April.

TNT’s full broadcast schedule for the 2021-22 NHL season is available here.

Audiences can stream TNT’s NHL coverage via the WatchTNT app on mobile devices and smartTVs, and online here.

More information on Turner Sports’ NHL coverage is available along with all of the company’s headlines at https://twitter.com/TurnerSportsPR.

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Angels & Airwaves Debuts New LP’s Fifth Single; Live TV Appearance, Tour Dates Planned

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Angels & Airwaves is picking up the push for its new album.

The band unveiled the latest single Wednesday, from its forthcoming album, Lifeforms. The song, ‘Timebomb,’ is the fifth from the album, which is scheduled for release Friday.

The band premiered the video for the album’s fourth single, ‘Spellbound’ early this month. Its release was preceded by the release of the album’s other singles, ‘Losing My Mind,‘ ‘Restless Souls,‘ and ‘Euphoria.‘

Front man Tom DeLonge said in a prepared statement, the song is meant lyrically, to address the feelings of pressure through which everyone goes through.

“‘Timebomb’ is a special song to me because it represents the emotional equivalent of an armed device about to blow, said DeLonge. “I think everyone can relate to the pressure of life bearing down on a young teenage heart.  It’s taken me a long time to present my art in the way I envisioned over a decade ago. Lifeforms is the first part of what I saw could be possible then.”

The musical arrangement that accompanies the song’s accessible lyrical theme is itself accessible. Its full-on electronic sound and stylistic approach is infectious what with its steady beat and harmonies.

In related news, Angels & Airwaves is scheduled to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live Sept. 28. Additionally, the band is scheduled to launch its tour in support of its new album the very next day in Riverside, CA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

Angels & Airwaves 2021/2022 Tour Dates:
 
9/29/21 – Riverside – CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium  
9/30/21 – San Francisco – CA – Warfield  
10/2/21 – Portland – OR – Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn  
10/3/21 – Seattle – WA – Showbox SODO  
10/5/21 – Salt Lake City – UT – Union  
10/6/21 – Denver – CO – Fillmore  
10/8/21 – Minneapolis – MN – Skyway  
10/10/21 – Detroit – MI – Fillmore  
10/12/21 – Newport – KY – Ovation  
10/13/21 – Nashville – TN – Marathon Music Works  
10/15/21 – Oxon Hill (DC) – MD – MGM National Harbor  
10/16/21 – Columbus – OH – Express Live  
10/17/21 – Sayreville – NJ – Starland Ballroom  
10/19/21 – Phi – PA – Franklin Music Hall  
10/20/21 – Boston – MA – House Of Blues  
10/22/21 – Pittsburgh – PA – Stage AE  
10/23/21 – New York – NY – Hammerstein*  
10/24/21 – Norfolk – VA – NorVA  
10/26/21 – St. Petersburgh – FL – Janus Live  
10/27/21 – Orlando – FL – Hard Rock Live  
10/28/21 – Atlanta – GA – Tabernacle  
10/30/21 – Dallas – TX – South Side  
10/31/21 – Austin – TX – ACL Live  
11/1/21 – Houston – TX – House Of Blues  
11/3/21 – Phoenix – AZ – Van Buren  
11/5/21 – Los Angeles – CA – The Palladium*  
11/7/21 – San Diego – CA – Soma  
3/10/21 – Leeds – UK – 02 Academy  
3/11/22 – Birmingham – UK – 02 Academy  
3/12/22 – Manchester – UK – Academy  
3/13/22 – Glasgow – UK – 02 Academy  
3/15/22 – Nottingham – UK – Rock City  
3/16/22 – Bristol – UK – 02 Academy  
3/17/22 – London – UK – 02 Kentish Town Forum  
3/20/22 – Paris – FR – Le Trianon  
3/22/22 – Munich – GER – Tonhalle  
3/23/22 – Berlin – GER – Huxleys  
3/25/22 – Koln – GER – E Werk  
3/27/22 – Hanover – GER – Capitol

More information on Angels and Airwaves’ new single, video, and live dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://angelsandairwaves.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/angelsandairwaves

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Corinth Films’ PBS Doc Presentation Is A Mostly Successful Offering

Courtesy: Corinth Films

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous New Deal Program is one of the most pivotal government efforts in America’s history.  The program puts thousands of Americans who were left jobless and penniless due to the Great Depression back to work.  As a result, it led to one the nation’s greatest economic recoveries if not the greatest.  Fro all that the program did to benefit Americans and the nation, there are parts of the program that are lesser-known than those infrastructure jobs, etc.  One of those programs, the Works Progress Administration, helped put just as many to work as it addressed the arts.  Thanks to Corinth Films, the documentary, which originally aired on PBS in April 1981 received renewed attention in July with a first-ever DVD release.  The story that makes up the 90-minute program is the presentation’s heart.  It will be examined shortly.  The booklet that accompanies the DVD adds some interest to the presentation, too and will be discussed a little later.  The DVD’s pricing is its own important element, content considered.  It will also be addressed later.  Each item noted is its own important part of the whole here.  All things considered, they make the DVD an interesting addition to this year’s field of new documentaries.

Corinth Films’ presentation of the vintage PBS documentary, The New Deal for Artists is an intriguing presentation.  Despite what its title infers, the documentary will appeal to more than just artists and people with any interest in art.  That is because of its story.  The story, which is narrated by famed actor Orson Welles, explains how FDR’s New Deal Program aided not jut the nation’s infrastructure, but its culture, too.  It points out that the program and its WPA Arts Project put artists and photographers back to work as well as actors.  They were put back to work as the program created for instance, the model for what would have otherwise become the first federal theater program.  It also led to artists creating murals and paintings that mirrored the nation’s people at the time.  What’s more, it also balked at segregation, so to speak, as it even gave African-Americans work in theater on stage and behind the scenes of so many plays.

As the program progresses, it delves even deeper in its second half.  Audiences learn along the way, that politics (specifically conservatives) led to the eventual demise of the short-lived WPA Art Programs.  That is due in part to the fact that said conservatives did not like that many of the pictures, murals, and plays crafted through the programs were very socially conscious.  Additionally, some of those who were put back to work through the programs admitted through archived interviews that, yes, they were Communist sympathizers, which played right into the hands of congressional members who were already looking for any reason to cut the programs since their products made them so uncomfortable.  That duality exhibited here – the efforts by Roosevelt to preserve the arts and the efforts by his Conservative detractors to shut down the programs just because they hated him – and the way in which it is all presented makes the story in whole fully engaging and entertaining.  Keeping all of that in mind, the story featured in this documentary is itself surprisingly interesting.  It is just too bad that the doc’s title is so misleading, which is very likely to deter many from otherwise watching.

While there is no denying that the title of The New Deal for Artists is problematic, it is not enough to make the presentation a complete failure.  That is proven through the program, as audiences will see when they actually give the documentary a chance.  Once audiences realize just how surprisingly intriguing the documentary’s story is, the next thing they will appreciate is the information provided in the documentary’s companion booklet.  That information in question comes through a pair of essays written separately by Armond White and Ed Rampell.  The essays are for all intents and purposes really just two other reviews of the documentary.  What makes them stand out is the additional background that they put into the mix along with their personal opinions.  White for instance, explains how the WAP Arts Programs benefited Americans and the nation because it helped improve Americans’ morale.  Additionally, he points out Welles’ role as narrator, and its importance even though he is that third person observing it all.

Rampell meanwhile, points out how many people in the nation’s arts community were put back to work.  On the surface, the thousands noted seems like it is not much.  When that number is considered along with the other thousands returned to payrolls in general, it makes for an even bigger number, showing just how important how the New Deal was.  Additionally, he adds his own statement about the impact of those noted Conservatives in Washington, D.C. who worked so hard to shut down the programs just because they did not like that they pointed out how much Americans were struggling.  That and so many more from Rampell and White offers audiences plenty to appreciate from the program’s overall presentation.  Considering that content and the program’s primary content in whole, it collectively makes the documentary worth watching at least once.  It is still only part of what makes the documentary worth seeing.  Its pricing rounds out its most important elements.

The average price point for The New Deal for Artists is $21.81.  That price is obtained by averaging prices listed through Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and Books-A-Million.  It was not listed through Target at the time of this review’s posting.  While the average breaks the $20 mark, only Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million break that point from the get go.  B&N lists the DVD at $24.99 while Books-A-Million is slightly less expensive at $24.95.  So for all intents and purposes they are roughly the same, especially when shipping and handling is added to the mix.  Walmart actually lists the least expensive price at $19.28.  Amazon and Best Buy each list the DVD at $19.99.  So while they will break the $20 mark when shipping & handling are added, they will still be far less expensive than ordering it through the other noted retailers.  To that end, the price in general is still not that bad especially comparing the separate listings to the DVD’s average price point.  Keeping that in mind along with the positives put forth through the DVD’s primary and secondary content, the whole comes together to make the DVD overall a mostly successful presentation that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Corinth Films’ presentation of the vintage PBS documentary, The New Deal for Artists is a surprisingly engaging and entertaining work.  It is a doc that will appeal to a wide range of audiences, from history buffs, to art history lovers and students, to even those of theater and photography.  The title just does not make that clear enough, though it is really the program’s only shortfall.  It does show, though, the importance of proper titling for marketing purposes.  The secondary content featured in the presentation that is exhibited in the DVD’s companion booklet adds to the interest.  This even though that content is really just a pair of other reviews marketed as essays.  Considering the amount of content and the depth thereof, the DVD’s general pricing proves positive in its own right.  That is because it is relatively affordable.  Each item examined is important in its own right to the whole of the DVD.  All things considered, they make this DVD a mostly successful presentation.

The New Deal for Artists is available.  More information on this and other titles from Corinth Films is available at:

Websitehttps://corinthfilms.com

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PBS Kids’ ’15 Girl Power Adventures’ DVD Is Problematic, But Not A Complete Failure

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PBS Kids is doing its part to honor its female viewers with a new DVD.  The DVD, 15 Girl Power Adventures, was released Sept. 7 through PBS Distribution.  The episodes featured in this collection –15 in all as the DVD’s title notes – are the main strength for the presentation.  While the episodes are important in their own right, the very fact that they are centered on just female audiences detracts notably from the DVD’s presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  For those audiences willing to overlook this shortcoming, the DVD’s pricing proves to be its own positive.  When it is considered along with the episodes featured herein, the DVD proves far from perfect, but still entertaining enough.

PBS Kids’ recently released compilation DVD, 15 Girl Power Adventures is an intriguing offering from the network.  The DVD’s primary strength comes in its featured episodes.  The episodes lift from the majority of PBS Kids’ series.  There are some omissions, though (E.g. Odd Squad, Wild Kratts, Curious George, etc.) but by and large, the episodes pull from a respectable amount of the networks’ shows.  Arthur is represented through the episode, “Muffy’s New Best Friend.”  The story here finds Muffy and Francine learning a valuable lesson about friendship even when two people have differing opinions on things, and that those differences can actually help friendships grow.  It is a familiar topic that will appeal not only to young females, but to audiences in general.  This leads to the aforementioned discussion on the DVD’s one main shortcoming, which will be addressed shortly.  Molly of Denali’s episode, “Stand Back Up” finds Molly learning a valuable lesson about pushing on through failings in any situation in life when she learns how to ski.  Once again, here is a show that yes, is centered on a female character, but with a lesson that applies to girls and boys, men and women alike.  Again, it leans toward the DVD’s noted concern.  On yet another note, Let Go Luna!’s episode, “Aren’t We A Pair” centers on Carmen and her Egyptian friend Leyla and their search for their pets.  The friendship element is there, but as with so many episodes of the family favorite series, the episode is more about promoting multiculturalism, which is wonderful in its own right.  The thing is that the series focuses not just on a girl, but a group of friends (two boys and a girl, plus Luna, who is female).  The story is a great way to teach and learn about culture in Egypt.  Again, it will appeal just as much to boys as it will girls.  It is one more way to show the importance of the DVD’s episodes to the disc’s presentation.  That is done as it pulls from yet another of so many PBS Kids series.  On the other hand it is yet another example of how problematic the DVD is in the bigger picture.

While the episodes featured in this disc make for plenty of appeal, the very fact that they will appeal to boys and girls alike as well as men and women alike, it makes the very presentation format extremely problematic.  As noted, the stories and lessons that are presented in the majority of this DVD’s featured episodes will appeal to and connect with boys as well as girls.  Add in that the fact that many of the shows from which the episodes are pulled are examples of PBS and PBS Kids’ long-running tradition of trying to normalize equality among genders, sexes, races, and ethnicities and it just makes the whole presentation seem like a knee-jerk reaction from someone or some people at PBS and PBS Kids.  Given again, a show, such as Molly of Denali is centered on a young girl, but the stories and lessons involve her as well as her friends, who are male and female.  Even a “newer” series, such as Elinor Wonders Why is centered not on just its titular character, but on her and her friends, who are male and female alike.  Once again, the diversity is evident in the episodes and their lessons.  That has been a trademark of PBS Kids shows for such a long time.  It just leads one to wonder why someone would even take the time to try and release a collection of episodes that it claims are “Girl Power” adventures.  The very approach is counter to everything for which PBS Kids has come to be known.  It is really disconcerting.  Even with the concern raised by the DVD’s very presentation, there is at least one more positive to examine, and that is its pricing.

The average price point for 15 Girl Power Adventures is $8.22.  That price was obtained by averaging prices listed through Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and PBS.  The DVD was not listed through Books-A-Million at the time of the DVD’s review.  An average price point of less than $10 for a DVD that for the most part will appeal to boys just as much as girls and that pulls from so many of PBS Kids’ shows new and old alike is not bad at all.  Adding to the appeal is that for the most part, the separate listings are below that price point, save for PBS’ own listing of $9.99 and (surprisingly) that of Walmart, at $12.37.  Target actually has the least expensive listing this time out at only $4.99.  Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers each list the DVD at $6.99 while Best Buy is not the best buy at $7.99.  So in looking at these prices, the overall pricing really is not bad.  It will not break any viewer’s budget.  So taking that into account with the DVD’s content, the whole makes for at least some appeal even despite the incongruous nature of the content with the DVD’s title.  Keeping this in mind, the DVD is problematic.  There is no denying this matter.  At the same time, it is not a complete failure.

PBS Kids/PBS Distribution’s recently released DVD, 15 Girl Power Adventures is hardly the best presentation that the company and its home distribution arm have ever released.  At the same time it is not the worst, either.  The DVD succeeds largely because of its episodes and their stories.  The episodes pull from a healthy cross section of PBS Kids’ shows.  The stories and their lessons will connect to boys just as much as girls because despite the DVD’s title, they are not centered just on females and will relate not only to girls, either.  This leads to the DVD’s one major shortcoming, its titling.  The DVD’s title markets the presentation as being “girl power,” but as noted the episodes are largely a continued display of PBS Kids’ successful efforts to normalize equality among genders, sexes, races, and ethnicities without being preachy.  Keeping that in mind, there really was no reason for any branch of PBS to present such a DVD since it has always treated males and females, blacks, whites, and otherwise equally.  While this is clearly problematic, it is not enough to make the DVD a total failure.  The DVD’s overall pricing proves positive, considering the amount of content presented therein.  The pricing will, for the most part, not break any viewer’s budget.  That selling point (no pun intended) along with the content is just enough to save the DVD.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the DVD problematic but not a total failure. 

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Hulu’s ‘Animaniacs’ Reboot Falls Flat In Its Debut Season

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Reboots are big business for Hollywood, or so it would seem.  Looking at recent headlines for TV shows rebooted by the major TV studios (including digital servers), reboots do not actually seem to be doing as well as studio executives and advertisers would like people to believe.  Punky Brewster became the most recent reboot to be cancelled this month.  The show was axed from NBC’s Peacock streaming service after just one seasons.  Also cancelled this year are reboots of MacGuyver, Murphy Brown, Charmed (which did not even get past the pilot stage), and even Lizzy MacguireFuller House, the reboot of the classic sitcom Full House also got the axe from Netflix this year after five seasons.  Even the reboot of Rod Serling’s classic series The Twilight Zone was justifiably canceled early this year after just two seasons. Between that reboot, the update of Hawaii 5-0, and that of MacGuyver, which itself ran for five seasons before its end (two seasons less than the original series’ run), it is safe to say that reboots really are not the safe bet that studio execs and advertisers thought they would be.  Even Roseanne ended up being “cancelled” and re-tooled as The Connors.  Now keeping all of this in mind, one cannot help but wonder how long Hulu’s reboot of the classic cartoon series Animaniacs will last.  It was just recently announced that the series, which saw its first season released to DVD June 1, will launch its sophomore season in November.  If the lead season of this reboot is any indicator, one can only imagine that it will be lucky to be renewed for a third season.  That is proven in part through the content featured in the first season of this reboot.  It will be discussed shortly.  The lack of any bonus content with the season’s home release is also of concern, especially considering the original series’ legacy.  So this will be discussed a little later.  Looking at all of the negatives noted here, it makes the DVD’s pricing problematic, too.  This will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this recently released collection.  All things considered, they make the first season of Hulu’s Animaniacs a completely disappointing presentation.  It additionally is more proof that reboots are clearly not the best investment for any network.

The first season of Hulu’s Animaniacs reboot is proof positive that for all the reboots out there, reboots do not make the best business sense for any network, whether on TV or online.  This is proven in large part through the content featured throughout Season 1.  Given, there was plenty of adult-themed humor that ran through the original series during its five-season run from 1993-1998.  Steven Spielberg himself was even quoted as saying much of the humor in the original series was inspired by the humor of Looney Tunes and none other than Groucho Marx.  At the same time, there was also plenty of more family friendly content included throughout the show in the noted time frame.  By comparison, this updated take on the series is nothing but dated, adult humor.  It is all snarky shots about the world’s current social and political atmosphere. The only time when the show actually goes full family friendly comes late in its run in the short, “Here Comes The Treble.”  The celebration of classical music finds the Warner Brothers and their sister Dot going toe to toe against a very self-righteous conductor.  The story is a reboot in itself of a certain classic Looney Tunes short in which Bugs Bunny faces off against an arrogant opera singer.  Even worse is the moment in the “Pinky and the Brain” short, “Mousechurian Candidate” in which the writers decided to go blue.  Brain tells Pinky in one line that he is going to put one character “through hell.”  Yes, the writers went there.  Thankfully it is the only point at which such language is used.  The original series succeeded without ever having to use foul language, so why did the show’s writers feel the need to go such route here? 

Speaking of Pinky and The Brain, they are they and Ralph are the only secondary characters who are regularly featured in this season.  There is one episode, “Good Warner Hunting,” in which the writers bring back all the old secondary characters (E.g. The Hip Hippos, Slappy Squirrel and her nephew Skippy, Katie Kaboom, etc.) but instead of paying tribute or even hinting at them being brought back long term, the story in the episode feels more like the writers were thumbing their noses at viewers.  They were acknowledging the absence of those characters from the reboot, but basically just kept them as a secondary element in that one sole episode.  In their place are far worse secondaries “The Incredible Gnome in People’s Mouths” and “Starbox and Cindy.”  These characters and their shorts come across like something that was crafted when the writers were high on something.  One cannot help but wonder, in looking at these new secondaries, if the writers from Ren & Stimpy were involved in this season, considering this and all of the primary writing concerns.  All things considered here, the content featured in the lead season of Hulu’s Animaniacs reboot is reason enough to not watch or even buy the show’s two-disc set.  It is just one of the problems from which this set suffers.  The lack of any bonus content detracts from the presentation’s appeal even more.

The lack of bonus content is important because while Animaniacs only ran for five seasons in its initial run in the 90s, that was still a long run.  To this day, it is still very much a beloved property.  That is again because of the brand of verbal and physical comedy that it brought forward.  Yes, it was modern at the time, but it resurrected a brand of comedy that was far more common to cartoons and movies of the early 20th century.  What’s more, the work put in by the voice cast and the animators added even more appeal.  Sadly, none of that is discussed here.  As a matter of fact, there is no bonus content to speak of.  There is no retrospective on the importance of the original series.  There is no defense made by the show’s cast and crew for this unnecessary reboot.  That someone or certain parties felt that the show did not need defense in its rebooting (considering it is among so many reboots) is just lazy and irresponsible.  Maybe had someone taken the time to try to defend this reboot, it might have led some viewers to rethink their views especially after watching the featured main content.  That is not guaranteed, but the possibility is there.  On another note, that the only references made to the original series came in the shorts (and in rather sarcastic, dismissive fashion at that) is only that much more disrespectful to the legacy of the original show and to the fans.  It leaves audiences feel that the writers wanted to bring in the audiences who watched the original show, but did not care enough to actually keep things family friendly.  It is all just so disappointing.

Now keeping in mind everything addressed here, it makes the two-disc set’s pricing problematic in its own right.  Walmart has the set available in store at a price of $20.  It should be no more expensive than $15, honestly, considering It runs 13 episodes.  If it were more expansive, that would guarantee the price.  That is the same price at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and Books-A-Million each list the set at $24.99 and $24.98 respetively, far exceeding the more commonly occurring price of $20.  All things considered, neither price is worth paying considering how little this set has to offer audiences of any age.  Between the dated, adults-only content that fills out most of the season and the lack of any bonus content, the prices are just too much all the way around.  Keeping this in mind, it is yet another negative and shows once more why this two-disc debut season of Hulu’s Animaniacs reboot is a failure.

Hulu and Studio Distribution Services’ DVD presentation of Animaniacs Season 1 is a disappointing offering from the companies.  Knowing that the series has already been re-upped for a second season, odds are that those behind this reboot or even its home release have learned anything from the mistakes of this presentation.  There is nothing redeeming about the set.  The main content is clearly aimed mainly at adults, unlike the original series.  To make it worse, the content featured here does not even have any longevity.  It is dated throughout so much of what is shown.  All of this in mind, the content is just one of the set’s shortcomings.  The lack of any bonus content in the set decreases its enjoyment even more.  Taking that into account along with the less than memorable primary content featured in this set, the whole makes the set’s pricing even less appealing.  Keeping all of this in mind, the whole makes this presentation anything but appealing.

Animaniacs Season 1 is available now for those who actually want the set.  More information on the set is available along with all of the latest Animaniacs news at:

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‘NOVA: Great Electric Airplane Race’ Is A “High Flying” Success

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When the concept of mass transportation was first thought of in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the belief was that it would help reduce human created pollution.  As time has gone on, those views have increasingly changed, obviously.  They proved to be almost as problematic in terms of pollution as personal transportation.  Coal-burning steam engines that put so much smoke and other chemicals into the air have given way to much cleaner rail transport.  Many buses nationwide have switched over from gasoline and diesel to much cleaner power sources, too.  While those measures have done and are doing their part to reduce mankind’s impact on the naturally occurring process that is climate change, there is still much more to do even on their end.  While those mass transportation means continue to evolve and change for the better, one means of mass transportation that is sadly only now beginning to evolve is air transportation.  Jets and planes put pollution into the air every day, but thankfully, there is a growing number of companies out there whose work aims to eventually make mass air transportation cleaner.  Their work is the focus of another recently aired episode of PBS’ long-running science-based series, NOVA.  Having originally aired May 26 on PBS stations nationwide, it was released Aug. 3 on DVD, and is also streaming online now, too.  The noted “race” to develop “clean” air transportation is at the center of this episode.  It is quite interesting and will be discussed shortly.  The visual aids that are used to help tell the story add their own interest to the presentation and will be discussed a little later.  Considering all of that content, the DVD’s pricing rounds out its most important elements.  IT will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD.  All things considered, they make this episode a presentation that (pardon the awful pun) is a high-flying success.

NOVA: Great Electric Airplane Race is another successful offering from PBS’ long-running, science-based series.  It is a presentation that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.  Its success comes in large part through its central story, that of the efforts underway to evolve mass air transportation in regards to its energy source and impact on climate change.  This revelation leads to the story’s most important aspect.  While the impact of air travel’s pollution on climate change serves as the basis for the bigger discussion, it remains just that.  So while this is hardly the first time in recent years that PBS programming has focused on climate change and humans’ impact thereon, it does not just preach about it nonstop.  Rather the story naturally grows from that topic to the innovations that are happening as a result of the efforts to make air travel cleaner.  At no point does the program ever try to lie to audiences, either.  It is pointed out multiple times throughout the almost hour-long program that the efforts to make air travel cleaner are in their infancy and that there is still a very long way to go.  To that end, that realistic view makes things interesting in itself.  The various ways in which the different startups and established companies are trying to use clean energy to power planes and jets is just as interesting to learn about.  It seems, in watching the whole, that the most feasible energy source at this point would be hydrogen.  That is just this critic’s own interpretation.  That is especially considering the note of how many pounds of batteries would be needed to replace approximately 40,000 pounds of fuel in a full-size jetliner in order for it to maintain its range.  On another hand though, the thought of batteries being recharged in-flight by the same propellers that they are powering is interesting in its own right.  Of course, that would seemingly only be feasible in small, one and two seat planes, but is still a potential upgrade that could work in that avenue.  That so many efforts are being made to reduce the carbon footprint of air transportation companies is just as interesting to learn about as the efforts being made to simply pull carbon from the atmosphere in another of PBS’ climate-related NOVA episodes.  It is just one part of what makes this episode interesting.  The visual aids that are used add their own interest to the episode’s presentation.

The visual aids in question are actual footage of the prototype planes and “helicopters” that are being developed by the noted startups.  This may seem minor on the surface.  However, being that there are so many visual learners out there and that television is, after all, a visual medium, actually getting to put a picture with the discussed concepts serves very well to keep viewers engaged and entertained.  What’s more, actually seeing the concept vehicles at work (both in reality and in concept videos) enhances the viewing experience even more.  One cannot help but wonder if a “helicopter” powered by as many as six propellers is really as efficient as a combustion-powered chopper (which uses only two rotors).  That such a clean-energy vehicle would need that much power shows that there certainly is a long way for clean energy air power to go before it is perfect, but at least the effort is being made.  On another note, watching another clean-energy air vehicle actually taking off and landing around the Hawaiian islands shows that some progress is happening.  Again, these visualizations may not seem like much on the surface, but when viewers actually see them as they take in the story, they will ensure those viewers’ engagement and entertainment that much more.  That ensured engagement and entertainment will also ensure that viewers will better understand and appreciate the efforts taking place and why they are taking place.  Keeping all of that in mind, the overall content featured in this DVD does plenty to prove the appeal of the episode and DVD.  It is still just part of what makes the DVD and episode appealing.  The DVD’s pricing, again considering the content, proves important in its own right.

The average price point for NOVA: Great Electric Airplane Race is $21.49.  That price was reached by averaging prices listed through Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million, and PBS’ store.  While the average price point is a little bit high, some of the separate listings are more appealing by comparison.  Case in point is Amazon’s listing of $16.79, the leas expensive of the listings.  The only listings that exceed the noted average come from PBS, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and Books-a-Million, at $24.99 each.  Best Buy offers the DVD at just under $20 at a price of $17.99 while Walmart’s listing is slightly more expensive at $19.17.  Given, with shipping, each listing’s price does go up, but  again by comparison to the three listings that exceed the average, those lower listings are still relatively affordable.  Considering again, the overall content featured in this episode of NOVA and its ability to ensure viewers’ engagement and entertainment, those less expensive listings are still money well spent.  To that end, the pricing and overall content featured in this episode of NOVA makes the episode in whole a fully successful presentation.

PBS and PBS Distribution’s presentation of NOVA: Great Electric Airplane Race is a successful new offering from the company and its home distribution arm.  That is proven in part through the episode’s central story.  The story in question follows the efforts underway to progress air travel from a hugely polluting means of mass transportation to something much cleaner.  The visuals that are used throughout the episode add their own appeal to the whole.  That is because they make the episode more interesting for viewers.  That added interest ensures audiences’ engagement and entertainment in its own right.  To that end, the pricing for the episode’s home DVD release proves mostly positive in its own right.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD.  All things considered, they make the episode and its DVD presentation a presentation that passes…with flying colors.  Yes, that awful pun was intended, too.

NOVA: Great Electric Airplane Race is available now.

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‘NOVA: Ship That Changed The World’ Is A Presentation That Stays Afloat From Beginning To End

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Throughout the course of human history, there have been so many pivotal moments that have forever changed things for the world.  The creation of fire and the wheel, the development of electricity, the development of mass communications and recording technology are all prime examples of those key moments.  They are hardly the only key moments in human history.  In a recently aired episode of its long-running science-based series, NOVA dubbed Ship That Changed The World, PBS examines a key turning point in nautical history.  Having originally aired June 2 on PBS stations nationwide, it was released to DVD Aug. 17.  The story featured in the nearly hour-long episode creates a strong foundation for the program and will be discussed shortly.  The secondary story that accompanies the main presentation adds to the episode’s engagement in its own right.  It will be discussed a little later.  Keeping those two items in mind, the program’s pricing proves to be important in its own way, too.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the DVD a presentation that will appeal to a wide range of audiences, from history buffs to nautical history lovers, to even those with any interest in engineering.

NOVA: Ship That Changed The World is an interesting new episode of PBS’ long-running science-based series.  Its interest comes in large part through its primary story.  The story in question follows a group of marine archaeologists who have located the remains of a ship off the Swiss coast known as the Griffin Dog.  That is the English translation for the ship’s name. As narrator Craig Sechler points out, the ship is important to the bigger picture of maritime history because of its construction.  Audiences who have any interest in that topic will remain engaged just as much as anyone with any interest in the history or maritime warfare and history in general.  Watching the group try to identify the ship and solve what caused it to sink (and succeed in the process) gives audiences reason enough to watch this episode of NOVA.  While that aspect of the episode is interesting in its own right, the episode’s secondary story (which could actually be argued to be the episode’s main story in its own right) makes for just as much engagement and entertainment.

The episode’s secondary story involves the history lesson on boats’ construction in comparison to that of the Griffin Dog.  Viewers will be interested to learn, for instance, that while Vikings’ construction of their longboats is legendary, it was in fact imperfect.  That is because as is noted in this episode, the longer the boats became, the more problematic was their mobility in the water.  On a different note, viewers will learn that by comparison, boats that were created in the Mediterranean region of the world had their own problem.  Their problem was not one of mobility, but of the ability to carry large cargo capacities.  As the secondary story progresses, viewers learn that the shipbuilders who created the Griffin Dog used the style of not one but both regions in creating the ship.  The result was that the creation and launching of the Griffin Dog was really that turning point in maritime history.  The ship was, as one interviewer called it, a castle of sorts, on the water.  It allowed for certain unique military advantages for the soldiers on board as well as the ability to carry extensive cargo loads and to provide certain comforts for the crew and passengers.  That aspect of the story is really just as interesting as the efforts to identify the Griffin Dog if not more so.  That is why, again, viewers can argue that this secondary story could also be the episode’s central story and vice versa.  Keeping all of this in mind, the DVD’s pricing proves to be a positive in its own right.

The average price point of NOVA: Ship That Changed the World is $21.38.  That price was reached by averaging prices listed through Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million, and PBS’ store.  Target did not list the DVD at the time of this review’s posting.  Amazon’s listing of $16.79 is the least expensive of the listings, while PBS, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and Books-A-Million all had the most expensive listing, at $24.99.  Walmart listed the DVD at $18.52 while Best Buy’s listing of $17.99 is not the best buy, but is still well under the noted average point.  Short and simple, three of the listings are well above the average while the other three are all below that point, and are also less than $20.  To that end, those three less expensive listings will not break viewers’ budgets.  Considering the DVD’s content, again, that information proves its own positive in the bigger picture of the DVD’s presentation.  Keeping all of this in mind, NOVA: Ship That Changed the World is an overall successful presentation.

PBS and PBS Distribution’s presentation of NOVA: Ship That Changed the World is a largely successful presentation.  That is proven in part through its initial story.  That story in question follows the search for and discovery of a five century-old warship.  The warship in question, the Griffin Dog, changed the face and history of maritime warfare and history.  The explanation of how the ship incorporated different ship building techniques from two parts of the world thousands of miles apart from one another adds to the overall presentation.  That overall content makes the DVD’s pricing – average and separate – positive in its own right.  The DVD’s average price point and most of its listings are inexpensive and will not break viewers’ budgets.  Each item examined here, the whole makes the DVD a positive presentation.  All things considered, they make the DVD a presentation that will definitely float.  NOVA: Ship That Changed the World is available now.

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