PBS Distribution To Release ‘Country Music’ Docu-Series Tuesday

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PBS’ new hugely touted Ken Burns presentation is scheduled to air on PBS nationwide Sunday night.

The docu-series will be available on DVD and Blu-ray next week, too.  It is scheduled for release Sept. 17 on DVD and Blu-ray.  The program, directed by Burns, takes listeners through the history of country music, going all the way back to its beginnings in the 1920s and all the way to the 1990s.

The story is presented through stories of County Music greats, such as Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline.  The program examines the ballads, hymns and blues compositions along with the noted stories to help tell the story of Country Music.

Along with directing the program, Burns also produced the series alongside Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfrey.  Duncan also wrote the story.

Country Music runs 16 hours over a spread of eight discs.  It will retail for MSRP of $99.99 (DVD) and $129.99 (Blu-ray), but is available at reduced prices of $74.99 (DVD) and $99.99 (Blu-ray) through PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

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PBS Distribution Announces Release Date For New Apollo 11 Presentation

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PBS Distribution continues its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission alter this month with another new story of the historic event.

8 DaysTo The Moon And Back is scheduled for release Sept. 24 on DVD.  The new program presents another new look at the Apollo 11 mission with the original audio of conversations held between the crew of the Apollo 11 and newly shot studio footage, NASA and news archives.

The upcoming release features Rufus Wainright (EastEndersMeet The RobinsonsI Am Sam), Jack Tarlton (The Imitation GameDr. WhoThe Genius of Mozart) and Patrick Kennedy (Mrs. KennedyAtonementPirates of the CaribbeanOn Stranger Tides) as the crew of the Apollo 11 in this re-telling of the Apollo 11 mission.

8 DaysTo The Moon and Back will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 through PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

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PBS Distribution Releases New ‘Dinosaur Train’ DVD

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PBS Distribution released another new collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit series Dinosaur Train this week.

Dinosaur TrainDinosaurs Big & Small was released Tuesday on DVD.  The collection features 10 more episodes from the family favorite animated series.  One of the multitude of episodes — titled “How Many Horns” — features Buddy Pteranodon and his friend Tank Triceratops learning why different dinosaurs have a different number of horns.

“The Tiny-Saur Train” sends the Pteranodon kids off to prehistoric China in a search for the smallest dinosaur of all.

“We’re Not All Dinosaurs,” another of the DVD’s featured episodes, finds the Pteranodon kids meeting a new mammal friend named Adele Alphadon and her friend Cindy Cimolestes.  The discussions in this episode point out that not all Mesozoic creatures were dinosaurs.

Dinosaur TrainDinosaurs Big and Small is available now.  More information on Dinosaur Train is available online now along with lots of activities, printables, videos and more at:

 

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Every American Family Will Want To Make PBS Distribution’s New ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ Collection Theirs

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Late this past July, PBS Distribution released a brand new collection of episodes from the timeless, beloved PBS series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Released July 16, Would You Be Mine Collection is the second official collection of episodes from the series to be released by PBS Distribution, its predecessor It’s A Beautiful Day Collection having been released last year.  This latest collection is another wonderful presentation from what is one of the greatest programs in the modern history of television.  That statement is supported in part through the collection’s episodes and their content.  This will be addressed shortly.  The four-disc box set’s packaging proves to be just as important to the collection’s presentation as its primary content and will be addressed a little later.  The set’s bonus content rounds out its most important elements, and will also be addressed later.  Each item addressed here is important in its own way to the whole of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Would You Be Mine Collection.  All things considered, they make this collection one that every family will want to make theirs.

PBS Distribution’s recently released Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood box set Would You Be Mine Collection is another impressive presentation from a series that is one of the greatest programs in the modern history of television.  That is proven in part through the collection’s primary content.  The primary content is made up of 30 more episodes lifted from the series’ years-long run.  The episodes are pulled from as far back as 1979 and as recent as 2000.  The set opens fittingly with the episode “Mr. Rogers Rides The School Bus.”  Considering that the set was released in late July, just ahead of the start of the new school year, it is a great way to start the set and start getting.  A little deeper into the set, Mr. Rogers tackles the subject of the different kinds of families that exist in the Disc Two episode, “Mr. Rogers Talks About Families.”  Even farther into the set, audiences are presented with one of the series’ heaviest episodes in “Mr. Rogers Talks About Mistakes.”  The episode finds Daniel Tiger asking if he was a mistake at one point because there is no one else like him.  This is a huge deal that so many parents have to tackle, as well as children.  The episode also focuses on the less deep matter of making mistakes in general in life, and explaining that mistakes happen, that it is natural.  The whole thing closes with Mr. Rogers showing a tape of how erasers are made.  This is important because while he does not just come out and say it, the focus on erasers serves as a starting point on talks about how mistakes can be “erased” whether they be on paper or in real life.  It’s too bad he did not get to start that talk, but it is there.  This is just the start of how much the set’s content has to offer audiences of all ages.  Mister Rogers also tackles issues, such as pollution and ecology, dealing with negative emotions and even the arts in this set’s episodes.  Between all of this and much more, the primary content featured in this set offers audiences of all ages plenty to appreciate.  It is just one part of what makes the set so enjoyable.  The set’s packaging adds to its appeal.

The packaging of this latest collection is right in line with its predecessor.  It features a brief synopsis of each of the featured episodes as well as the exact episode number.  The episode summary makes it easier for viewers to choose which episode(s) they want to watch.  This is an aesthetic element, but truly important in its own right.  The less time viewers have to spend choosing a favorite episode, the sooner they can enjoy the set’s episodes, so kudos to those responsible for this addition.  The specific episode number might not seem important, but in fact is very important in that Mister Rogers tackled many of the same topics many times over throughout the course of his show.  At the same time, he tackled the topics in many different ways throughout that run.  The discs are placed on either side of two plates inside the case, protecting each from scratching, and at the same time, assuring the case itself is not a bulky package.  That means that the case saves space on DVD racks and shelves.  So herein is another positive in the set’s packaging.  All of these positives taken into consideration make clear why the packaging of this set is just as important to its whole as the set’s primary content.  When the two elements are examined together, they show even more clearly why the collection is another appealing offering from PBS Distribution.  They are not the set’s only positives.  Its bonus content rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus content featured with Would You Be Mine Collection is an extra episode that is also perhaps one of the most famous and beloved of the series’ run – “Mister Rogers Talks About Competition.”  It is within this episode that audiences are taken into a factory and learn how crayons are made.  The segment is a subtle starting point on a discussion on crayons’ different colors and how they come together to make a beautiful whole.  The crayons are a metaphor for humans and the different colors of everyone’s skin.  This is genius and is just as relevant today as it was in its original broadcast.  He also uses this episode as the basis for a discussion about the importance of doing instead of just winning.  This is an all-too-important lesson considering how competitive so many parents can and do get when they put their children into competitive sports.  Stories have run on the news quite a bit even now in the 21st Century, about parents who are so overly competitive with their kids’ sports that they interject themselves into their children’s sporting events in violent fashion.  Keeping that in mind, this lesson is one from which viewers of all ages can take a certain amount of insight and knowledge.  He also takes a moment to remind his young viewers that they are special because they are not like anyone else.  This echoes the sentiment in the episode noted here about mistakes.  No one is a mistake, and we are all special.  These lessons, reiterated by Mister Rogers, make this collection that much more special.  When all of this is considered, it shows why the famed “Crayon Factory” episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is such an important presentation.  When the importance of this bonus is considered with the impact of the collection’s primary content and its packaging, all three elements join to make the collection in whole another presentation that every family in America will want to make theirs.

Mister Rogers Neighborhood: Would You Be Mine Collection is another positive presentation from PBS Distribution.  It is more proof that while Fred Rogers might not have been Catholic or performed physical miracles, he did perform miracles in making this world and its people better, and in turn deserves sainthood.  This collection also serves as another reminder of why television needs more of this and less of the crime and drama that makes up so much programming today.  These statements are all supported through the set’s primary content and its packaging.  The bonus content that is featured with the set rounds out its most important elements.  All things considered, they make this collection another that every family in America will want to make theirs.  It is available now.  More information about this collection is available online now along with lots of printables, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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BBC Studios Announces Release Date For ‘Good Omens’

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BBC Studios — Americas is bringing the much talked about series Good Omens to DVD and Blu-ray.

The program (based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett) is scheduled for release Nov. 5 on DVD and Blu-ray.  It can be purchased through BBC Shop and Amazon.  The series follows an angel and a demon — Aziraphale Michael Sheen — Masters of Sex, Midnight in Paris, The Queen) and Crowley (David Tennant — Dr. Who, Duck Tales, Fright Night) respectively — who are forced to team up to avert the apocalypse.

Sheen and Tennant are joined by an all-star cast made up of celebrities, such as Jon Hamm (Mad MenBaby DriverMillion Dollar Arm), Micheal McKean (This Is Spinal TapA Mighty WindClue) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Star TrekInto DarknessIn Search OfSherlock) for the series.Miranda Richardson (The Crying GameSleepy HollowThe Hours), Jack Whitehall (Fresh MeatBad EducationMother’s Day) and Adria Arjona (Pacific RimUprisingTrue DetectiveLife of the Party) are also included in the program’s cast list.

The six episodes that make up the miniseries’ six-hour run are spread across two discs.  They are accompanied by a variety of bonuses that are exclusive to the series’ DVD and Blu-ray platforms.  They include items, such as a variety of galleries, feature-length commentaries for all six episodes and a page-to-screen comparison of the series and its source material.

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Panton’s New LP Is “A Cheerful Little Earful” For Listeners Of All Ages

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Diana Panton will release her latest album next month.  The album – A Cheerful Little Earful – is scheduled for release Oct. 18 through Little Things Records.  The 15-song, 53-minute album is Panton’s second family music album — coming four years after her debut family album 2015’s I Believe in Little Things — and her 12th overall album.  This latest offering from Panton is fittingly titled.  That is because it will leave listeners of all ages feeling cheerful after they get an earful of the record.  The album’s featured songs plays directly into that effect.  They will be addressed shortly.  The musical aspect of the album also plays into that positive impact, and will be addressed a little later.  The same can be said of the album’s sequencing by connection.  Each item noted is key in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make A Cheerful Little Earful a work that will leave every listener feeling cheerful.

Diana Panton’s latest full-length studio recording is a presentation that fits its title quite well.  That is because it does in fact prove itself A Cheerful Little Earful of music.  The record’s featured songs play their own part in that impact.  The record opens with Panton’s own take on the classic Rogers & Hammerstein song ‘Happy Talk,’ which is featured in the duo’s beloved musical ‘South Pacific.’  It is followed up by the song ‘It’s A Most Unusual Day,’ which was written and arranged by Harold Adamson and Jimmy McHughes, and made famous by Jane Powell in the 1948 MGM movie A Date With Judy.  Harry Woods’ 1926 hit song ‘Red, Red Robin’ – made famous by actress Lilian Roth – is also featured in the album, along with works from Perry Como (‘A, You’re Adorable’), Jimmy Van Huesen and Sammy Cahn (‘Pocket Full Of Miracles’ – taken from the 1961 movie of the same name), Sammy Fain, Bob Hilliard and Fr. Louis Sauvat (‘All In The Golden Afternoon’ – From Walt Disney’s 1951 classic animated movie Alice in Wonderland) just to name some more songs.  As if that isn’t enough, Panton once again offers at least one work for children in the form of the timeless Sesame Street tune ‘I Don’t Want To Live on the Moon.’  Of course likely just as many grown-ups know that song as do children, so to that end, that song will appeal to lots of adults as well as children.  Along with all of this, there is a Cole Porter work featured in the album in the form of ‘Experiment’ and even a cover of the Michael Jackson hit ‘Music and Me.’  That song was written by Michael Cannon, Don Fenceton, Mel Larson and Jerry Marcellino.  Simply put, Panton once again runs the proverbial gamut with this album’s featured songs.  That is just as evident in the other songs not noted here.  What is truly interesting here is that while the variety of songs is plentiful, they defy the standard definition of “Family Music.”  Most of the music here is jazz, and jazz is music for everyone, like with bluegrass (E.g. The Okee Dokee Brothers).  So it is a family music album, but also an album of music for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  To that end, the songs featured in this album gives it a strong foundation.

That foundation is strengthened even more thanks to the songs’ arrangements.  The arrangements will appeal just as much to Panton’s longtime fans as they will to those who might be less familiar with her work.  From the light, easygoing piano-driven arrangement at the center of the album’s opener, ‘Happy Talk,’ to the more gentle, reserved arrangement at the center of ‘I Don’t Want To Live on The Moon’ (which is also centered around Don Thompson’s gentle, flowing piano line), to the equally reserved, guitar-centered arrangement of ‘If You Feel Like Singing, Sing’ to the more light hearted (and also guitar-centered) ‘Aren’t You Glad You’re You’ – which was used in the soundtrack to the 1945 Bing Crosby classic The Bells of St. Mary’s – and beyond, the arrangements featured throughout the album are really what make the featured works so easy on the ears.  Thompson’s work on the vibes from  point to point conjures thoughts of the one and only Lionel Hampton while Panton’s own vocal delivery once again is comparable to that of Diana Krall.  The arrangements are easy on the ears not just because of the instrumentation, but also because of their simplicity.  There are no over-the-top performances and solos at any point.  Rather, each song is simple and straight forward from beginning to end.  That adds even more appeal to each composition.  All things considered here, the arrangements presented in each song do just as much to make this record appealing as the songs themselves.  They still are not the last of the album’s most important element.  When the arrangements and songs are considered along with the record’s sequencing, all three elements work together to make the record that much more enjoyable and entertaining.

The sequencing of Cheerful Little Earful is important to note because it ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment by keeping the record’s energy stable throughout its run.  As already notes, the album opens on a high, light hearted note in ‘Happy Talk.’  From there, the album’s energy gradually changes with the tempos gradually slowing until it reaches that famed Sesame Street classic tune.  Things pick back up a little after that in the album’s title track before pulling back again in ‘If You Feel Like Singing, Sing’ and ‘Music and Me.’  The change in the energies are subtle though the next few songs before picking up again more noticeably in ‘Aren’t You Glad You’re You.’  The album ends with two more gentle arrangements that take listeners out on a soft note.  Again, the album’s sequencing keeps the album’s energy just right from beginning to end, not changing too much from one song to the next.  That stability in the songs’ energies means listeners are more apt to remain engaged throughout as the variety in the arrangements and the songs.  When all of those elements are noted together, the end result is a record that truly is a cheerful little earful for listeners of all ages.

Diana Panton’s forthcoming album Cheerful Little Earful is a fittingly titled-album, especially for jazz and cinema fans.  That is because so many of the songs featured in this album are classic jazz tunes that are featured in some great classic major motion pictures.  They are not the album’s only songs, though.  As noted, there is at least one song taken from PBS’ long-running series Sesame Street and even a Michael Jackson cover.  That variety of songs and associated backgrounds means a wide ranging appeal in itself.  The songs’ arrangements add even more appeal to the record.  The album’s sequencing ensures the energies in those arrangements remains stable from the album’s opening to its end.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make Cheerful Little Earful an earful that will leave every listener cheerful.  More information on the album is available online now along with all of Diana Panton’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution’s Latest ‘Wild Kratts’ DVD Will Make Lots Of Positive Waves

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Early this spring, PBS Distribution released a new addition to its collection of Wild Kratts DVDs in the form of The Briny Blue Sea.  Released April 9, the DVD features two more episodes of the hit animated series.  The episodes in question follow the theme of the DVD’s title throughout.  This will be addressed shortly.  The secondary lessons about what makes the episodes’ featured creatures so great adds to the DVD’s appeal.  That content and the DVD’s primary content coupled, they make the DVD’s pricing affordable.  That affordability joins with the DVD’s primary and secondary content to make the DVD in whole another welcome addition to any family’s Wild Kratts collection.

PBS Distribution’s latest addition to its ongoing series of Wild Kratts DVDs is a welcome addition to that series and to any family’s Wild Kratts collection.  That is due in part to the DVD’s four featured episodes.  The episodes in question – “Osprey,” “Aye Aye,” “Puffin Rescue” and “Sea Otter Swim” – all follow the DVD’s central theme of the DVD’s title.  Given, “Aye Aye” does not necessarily follow the them in the purest sense of the word, as the story finds the Wild Kratts gang learning about the aye aye – a land creature – as they pretend to be pirates while aboard the Tortuga.  The other three episodes however, tend to follow the DVD’s central theme much more directly.  “Osprey” finds Chris and Martin having to recover the keys to the Tortuga after Jimmy accidentally loses them in the ocean.  It’s up to the brothers Kratt to recover them before Zach Varmitech gets his hands on them.  “Puffin Rescue” finds the Wild Kratts “gang” being separated after a rogue wave hits the Tortuga, spreading the group across the ocean.  Martin ends up washed up on a deserted island inhabited only by Puffins, which end up helping Aviva develop a Puffin creature suit for him.  He uses the suit to rescue the rest of the group, leading Chris to use his squid creature suit to help pull the Tortuga from the water.  “Sea Otter Swim” features Jimmy learning how to swim from a sea otter whom Chris and Martin have aptly named “Coach.”  In the process, the group learns about the “powers” that make sea otters stand out.  Again, all of thee episodes follow the DVD’s central theme of “The Briny Blue Sea.”  It’s hardly the first time a Wild Kratts DVD has done so, either.  To that end, it’s just one way in which the DVD impresses just as much as its predecessors.  The secondary lessons featured throughout the stories adds even more appeal to the DVD.

The secondary lessons featured in each of the DVD’s episodes are once again about various creatures and their interesting “creature powers.”  Audiences learn, for instance, in “Aye Aye” that the Aye Aye, which is a member for the lemur family, uses one of its fingers very much in the same way that a woodpecker uses its beak – to find and catch their meals.  It also notes the power of aye ayes’ ears.  “Osprey” teaches viewers how Ospreys use their wings and their powerful eyesight to spot fish in the water and catch them so quickly and precisely.  While “Sea Otter Swim” focuses mainly on sea otters and their powers, it also features other sea creatures, such as the starfish, bottlenose dolphin and the bald eagle, and how their interact with one another in and above the waves.  “Puffin Rescue” focuses on puffins’ beaks and wings, as well as their quite impressive vision.  Simply put, there is a lot of in-depth content that teaches young viewers what makes the featured creatures so interesting.  Once again, that content is delivered in a way that makes it accessible for any viewer.  Yet again, it’s a positive way to get young viewers interested in the biological and ecological sciences.  When this is considered along with the DVD’s primary content and its value, the whole of that content gives audiences a lot to appreciate.  On the same note, it makes the DVD’s average price point worth its low price point.

The average price point of Wild Kratts: The Briny Blue Sea is $11.98.  Amazon, Walmart, Target and Best Buy offer the lowest prices at $9.90 (Amazon and Walmart) and $9.99 (Target and Best Buy) while PBS and Books-A-Million list the DVD at the most expensive price at $14.99.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ price of $14.12 is just below that of PBS.  Given, PBS presents one of the most expensive listings, but regardless of where audiences get the DVD, a portion of the money will still go to benefit PBS, so the money is well-spent no matter which retailer consumers choose.  Add in the content featured in the DVD, the price is affordable and worth paying regardless of retailer.  Keeping this in mind, the DVD proves, in the end clearly why it is a welcome addition to any family’s Wild Kratts collection.

Wild Kratts: The Briny Blue Sea is another enjoyable addition to PBS Distribution’s ongoing series of Wild Kratts DVD releases.  That is proven in part through the four episodes that make up the body of the DVD.  They all follow the DVD’s central theme of the ocean.  The secondary content, which features more lessons about the featured creatures and their powers adds even more enjoyment and engagement to the DVD’s presentation.  Collectively, they make the DVD’s average price point money well-spent, regardless of retailer.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD.  All things considered, they make the DVD one that will make plenty of waves in the best way possible.  More information on the DVD is available online along with lots of Wild Kratts games, activities, printables and more at:

 

 

 

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