Time Life Entertainment has made quite the name for itself in recent years. That is thanks to the release of box sets from some of television’s greatest classic series. Those series include the likes of China Beach, The Carol Burnett Show, The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts and a number of others. The release of said series is in itself just part of what has made the two companies quite the surprise in the home entertainment market. The overall presentation of said programs is really what has served to make Time Life such a surprising contender in that market. Every one of the box sets released by the companies has offered not just the classic series in one capacity or another but a number of wonderful bonuses and smart packaging, too. The series noted above are just some of the examples in which this has held true time and again. The companies’ release of ABC’s classic drama The Wonder Years in both its current standalone sets and its full series set are no exception to that rule, either. That can now also be said of the series’ upcoming fourth season DVD set. There is so much more that could be noted of this set (just as with the series previous standalone season sets) than time and space allow. The stories that were crafted for Season Four are a good starting point, though. Even as the stories were set against the backdrop of the then 1970s by that season, the experiences that Kevin, his family and friends go through in these episodes still remain as relevant today as they were to audiences in the show’s original broadcast. The work of the show’s cast in interpreting the show’s scripts should be noted by relation. From Fred Savage’s portrayal of the then awkward teenage Kevin Arnold to Josh Saviano’s portrayal of Paul as he matures to Dan Lauria’s continued impressive take on Kevin’s dad Jack, the cast’s work in whole is really what makes the stories so believable and in turn so entertaining. Looking at this new box set from another angle the episodes themselves are only a portion of what makes it another must have for fans of The Wonder Years. The companion booklet that is included in Season Four’s standalone set is yet another impressive addition to the show’s overall viewing experience. It offers extra tidbits on the season’s episodes from the music to behind-the-scenes extras, to even a recipe for a Mousse au Chocolat among so many other extras. Collectively, the extras that are once again included in the companion booklet make it more than just a companion booklet but a bonus in every sense of the word. Of course it is hardly the last element that could be presented in an examination of The Wonder Years’ fourth season. There are also bonus interviews with the cast included in the set’s fourth disc that add even more insight into this season’s run. One could even note the episode listings both within the set’s companion booklet and on the discs as a positive. Again, there is so much more here (as with previous standalone season sets of The Wonder Years) than could be tackled in a single setting. Considering this, it can be said of The Wonder Years: Season 4 that this brand new box set from Time Life Entertainment is 2016’s first great box set for grown-ups.
This fall, PBS’ the Civil War returns.
Ken Burns’ famed documentary mini-series The Civil War will be re-issued this fall. Originally aired on PBS in 1990, the mini-series has been re-mastered and presented in high definition on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, October 13th. The upcoming release is in honor of its 25th anniversary. Its upcoming release marks the first time that it has ever been released on Blu-ray. The Blu-ray box set will retail for MSRP of $129.99 and the DVD box set for $99.99. Both presentations are spread across six discs. It will also be available for digital download.
Along with the central program, the upcoming re-issue will also feature two hours of bonus material including: “The Making Of The Civil War 25 years later,” uncut and re-mastered interviews with Shelby Foote, and much more.
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Officials with ESPN and ESPN Radio announced today the complete broadcast schedule for the 2014 college football season.
This year’s broadcast schedule includes a total of thirty games beginning the weekend of August 28th – August 30th. Boise State and Mississippi open the weekend’s events in Atlanta. That game is followed by a triple-header Saturday, August 30th. West Virginia and Alabama face off first at 2:30pm ET. Next up on the day are Oklahoma State and Florida State. The Trojans of USC host Fresno State to round out opening weekend’s schedule of games. More games will follow each Saturday and on select Thursdays. It all concludes on Thanksgiving weekend with UCLA hosting Stanford November28th, Michigan on the road against the Buckeyes of Ohio State on November 29th, and two championship matchups Friday and Saturday, December 5th and 6th. The first of those matchups will be the Pac-12 Championship December5th and the ACC Championship Saturday, December 6th.
The broadcast team of Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, and Joe Schad return this season for coverage of each game. Sites for College GameDay on ESPN Radio and post-season bowl schedule will be announced at a later date. The complete 2014 ESPN Radio college football broadcast schedule is listed below.
|Thu, Aug 28||7 p.m.||Boise State vs. Mississippi in Atlanta|
|Sat, Aug 30||2:30 p.m.||West Virginia vs. Alabama in Atlanta|
|Follows 2:30 p.m. game||Oklahoma State vs. Florida State in Arlington, Texas|
|7 p.m.||Fresno State at USC|
|Sat, Sep 6||6:30 p.m.||BYU at Texas|
|Sat, Sep 13||6:30 p.m.||Kentucky at Florida|
|Thu, Sep 18||6:30 p.m.||Auburn at Kansas State|
|Sat, Sep 20||7 p.m.||Miami at Nebraska|
|Thu, Sep 25||9 p.m.||UCLA at Arizona State|
|Sat, Sep 27||TBD||Oregon State at USC|
|Sat, Oct 4||TBD||Arizona State at USC|
|Sat, Oct 11||TBD||Louisville at Clemson|
|Sat, Oct 18||TBD||Kansas State at Oklahoma|
|Sat, Oct 25||TBD||Mississippi at LSU|
|Sat, Nov 1||TBD||Florida vs. Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla.|
|TBD||Auburn at Mississippi|
|Thu, Nov 6||6:30 p.m.||Clemson at Wake Forest|
|Sat, Nov 8||TBD||Alabama at LSU|
|TBD||Texas A&M at Auburn|
|Thu, Nov 13||8 p.m.||California at USC|
|Sat, Nov 15||TBD||Florida State at Miami|
|TBD||Mississippi State at Alabama|
|Thu, Nov 20||6:30 p.m.||North Carolina at Duke|
|Sat, Nov 22||TBD||Oklahoma State at Baylor|
|TBD||Vanderbilt at Mississippi State|
|Fri, Nov 28||TBD||Stanford at UCLA|
|Sat, Nov 29||TBD||Michigan at Ohio State|
|TBD||Notre Dame at USC|
|Fri, Dec 5||8 p.m.||Pac-12 Championship|
|Sat, Dec 6||7 p.m.||ACC Championship|
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Officials with PBS announced Monday that the network will release the second season/series of its imported crime drama Endeavour.
Eandeavour Season/Series 2 will be released Tuesday, July 8th. The second season/series of the drama will be released both on DVD and Blu-ray. It features four more full length episodes totaling six hours. Season Two picks up right where the series’ first season ended. DC Endeavour Morse is back with the Oxford City Police and is re-united with DI Fred Thursday. The pair is investigating what appears to be a suicide. But when Morse starts to question that, his own mental health is questioned by his partner.
The second episode of Season Two is a ghost story of sorts. In “Nocturne,” Morse’s investigation of an elderly man’s murder leads him to a girls’ school. As it turns out, the school has a very dark past. That past threatens to become part of the present. And it’s up to Morse to keep that from happening as he investigates the man’s murder and how it’s related to the school’s past.
A serial killer is on the loose in “Sway,” the third episode of Season Two. And it’s up to Morse and Thursday to stop the killer after a woman is found strangled to death with a black silk stocking. Their investigation of the killer’s trail leads them to have to face their own issues along the way.
An investigation of a series of murders uncovers corruption and misconduct within the Oxford City Police and even the higher echelons of Oxford’s social circles in “Neverland,” the fourth episode of Season Two. Morse and Thursday are investigating the cases of a missing boy, a dead journalist and an absconder from prison in this episode, leading them to the revelations about the noted corruption and misconduct.
PBS’s upcoming release of Endeavour: Season/Series 2 will feature all four episodes in their complete UK length presentations. The DVD will retail for SRP of $39.99. The Blu-ray presentation will retail for $44.99. Both the DVD and Blu-ray will be available Tuesday, July 8th. They can be ordered online direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=35620626&cp=&sr=1&kw=masterpiece+mystery+endeavour&origkw=Masterpiece+Mystery%21+Endeavour&parentPage=search. More information on Endeavour is available online at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/endeavour/, http://www.facebook.com/masterpiecepbs and http://twitter.com/masterpiecepbs. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.
Saban Brands and Shout! Factory released early this year, a massive box set containing all seven seasons of Saban’s original Power Rangers series. The multi-disc set took viewers from the birth of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers all the way through the Rangers’ journey to the Lost Galaxy. That mega-box set is the ultimate experience for any fan of the Power Rangers’ original series. For some though, the cost of the set might have been a bit much. That’s okay. For those fans, Saban and Shout! Factory have also released each season in its own standalone box set. The two companies have released the original series all the way up through the first volume of Power Rangers Zeo. Even the ten-episode “mini-series”, Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers has been released to the masses. This connector series is one of the least remembered among the franchise’s legions of fans. Why this is the case is anybody’s guess. But the reality of the short-lived series is that it is just as important a part of the franchise’s early days as its previous seasons. It is just as important as the previous seasons and the one that follows first and foremost because it is a solid bridge between the two seasons. It is also an important addition to the overall franchise because it was a branching out from the original Power Rangers franchise. All things considered, whether taken as its own attempted spinoff or a bridge between seasons, it showed that the show’s writing was just as strong as ever. And now audiences that grew up with this “series” can re-live it any time they want thanks to Saban and Shout! Factory having released it to DVD by itself.
Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers is one of the more underrated installments of Saban’s hugely popular franchise. The reasons for this are varied. But as deeper look at the “series” shows that it is just as important an addition to the franchise as any of the show’s other seasons. The first reason for the “series’” success is it is a solid bridge between the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers series and the franchise’s next evolution. Those that grew up with the original series will recall that this “series” was not the first time that the Rangers had lost their powers. That means that the show’s writers had to figure out a way to keep the franchise fresh while still maintaining its original ongoing story. It can be said that they did just that and that they did it well. By bringing in a whole new team of Power Rangers from another world, the show’s writers achieved two goals. The first of those goals being that it presented a new “what if” scenario to the show. It put the responsibility of saving the planet on a team of Rangers not of this Earth. The second goal achieved through this story arc was that it showed the potential of a whole new Power Rangers spinoff, which is what the real reason was for this “season.”
The introduction of the Aquitian Rangers was a nice additional story arc for the Power Rangers franchise. The show’s writers achieved their goal of keeping the franchise fresh with the “series” while maintaining the franchise’s integrity. It also proved the potential of a new spinoff in the Power Rangers universe. That was the real goal of this installment. And it’s another reason that it is such an important addition to the property. While the Rangers of Aquitar obviously didn’t seem to grab audiences enough to mandate a spinoff, the writers are to be commended for even having taken the risk with them. As viewers have seen over the course of some twenty years, a massive number of spinoffs have been crafted from the original series. Taking that into consideration, it can be argued that Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers was a groundbreaker. That’s because next to one other very small early story arc, it is one of the very first spinoffs of the Power Rangers franchise. That makes this an even more important piece of Power Rangers history.
Whether one sees Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers as a spinoff, a bridge between seasons in the ongoing evolution of the Power Rangers, or a little bit of both, it’s clear that despite its underrated and undervalued status, this addition to the Power Rangers universe was just as important as any other installment. It showed that the show’s writing was just as solid as it was in the very first season of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. It also was a groundbreaker for the franchise, and proved that the franchise had the ability to branch out, as it later would and has since. All things considered it proves to be that much more valuable an addition to the library of any Power Rangers fan and fanatic. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other releases from Shout! Factory is available online at http://www.shoutfactory.com and http://www.facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.