Shout! Factory Announces Release Date For NYPD Blue: Season Six

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory will release the sixth season of the hit crime drama NYPD Blue this Summer.

NYPD Blue Season Six will be released on June 24th, 2014. Season Six of the Emmy® and Peabody award-winning series will be released in a six-disc DVD set containing all twenty-two episodes from the series’ sixth season. The series’ sixth season sees the addition of actor Rick Schroder to the show’s cast. Schroder plays the part of detective Danny Sorenson. Sorenson is Sipowicz’s (Dennis Franz) new partner this season. But he isn’t fully trusted by everybody in the department. That is thanks to his questionable methods. His arrival is just one of a number of major events that arise in Season Six.

The arrival of a new detective on the force and the major events that flush out Season Six are just part of what makes it one of the show’s more talked about seasons. This season also sees a who’s who of guest stars throughout its episodes. Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow, Iron Man, Crash), Daniel Benzali (General Hospital), Mos Def (The Italian Job, Dexter, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Kevin Dillon (Entourage), and Emile Hirsch (Twice Born, Into The Wild, Milk) all make appearances.

NYPD Blue Season Six can be pre-ordered now via Shout! Factory’s online store at http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/nypd-blue-season-six. More information on this and other releases from Shout! Factory is available online at http://www.shoutfactory.com and http://facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial. 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.

Kerouac Fans Will Appreciate IFC Films’ Adaptation Of Author’s Book

Courtesy:  IFC Films/mpi media group

Courtesy: IFC Films/mpi media group

The new small screen adaptation of author Jack Kerouac’s legendary novel, On The Road, is a work that any fan of the man’s work will appreciate.  It will also appeal to college age audiences because of its story of self-discovery and discovering the meaning of life.  Those that are not so familiar with his work are far more likely to not be fans of the movie.  However, those that are more open minded may be at least somewhat more open to the movie.

On The Road’s narrative style is nothing new to moviemaking.  But it works quite well with the novel on which it is based.  It doesn’t overpower the overall story.  Rather, Sal Paradise’s occasional narration helps to serve as a tool to help advance the story through each chapter.  And his final moment of enlightenment at the story’s end that led to him furiously typing away at his typewriter drove home quite well the two-hour journey experienced by Sal and his friends (played by Kristen Stewart and company).  The journey embarked upon by the story’s characters is enlightening for those open minded enough to experience it with them.  Even for those that are open minded enough, the story’s sexual content might be a little bit unsettling.  The groups cross country journey of self-discovery and search for the meaning of life leads to lots and lots of sex.  Some of it straight, some of it not so straight.  But there is a lot of it.  In connection, there is also a certain amount of nudity, thus the movie’s “R” rating.

The sex and everything else tied into this adaptation of Kerouac’s book definitely make this a niche film.  To its defense though, so much can be said of the movie’s cinematography.  As the group of friends makes its way across the country in its journey, it crosses through so many different areas.  The wide shots of the different areas through which the friends travel are stunning.  And even lesser scenes such as when the stops made along the way offer their own extra touch to the overall presentation.  Whether in those shots, or others such as tight, confined apartments or the others that make up the movie, those behind the cameras did their jobs with full professionalism.  If for no other reason than the camera work, this most recent adaptation of On The Road is worth at least one watch.   That’s not to say that the movie’s writing or the cast’s acting were any less.  But the cinematography stood out more than any other factor in this movie.  On The Road is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.

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Red Tails is a fast paced, high flying history introduction

Pride.  Honor.  Courage.  The men who fought and died for this country all had these qualities.  Sadly, in all the stories shared of “The Greatest Generation” since WWII ended, the story of the famed Red Tails is one that has been shared far less than that of other groups.  So when word came out that a big budget Hollywood feature centered on one of the United States military’s greatest ever fighting groups would be made, it was a welcome announcement.  And the end result was not bad.  However, it still could have been better.  What can be said of Red Tails is that it is at least a nice starting point in the history of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Red Tails wastes no time getting right into the story.  It starts off with the squadron on the equivalent of a scouting mission.  Thanks to writers Aaron McGruder and John Ridley, audiences are immediately told of how the Tuskegee Airmen were kept from flying real missions until Col. A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard) convinces the military brass that his men deserve the chance to fly real combat missions.  The action moves rather quickly from there.  To the writers’ credit, at least the story does keep the melodrama to an extreme minimum, opting instead for featuring the deeds of this fearless group of pilots.

Red Tails shares with audiences a sampling of what made the Tuskegee Airmen the great group of pilots that they have come to be known as today.  However, where it succeeds in presenting wonderful representations of the pilots’ achievements, it comes up short in their overall history.  It would have been nice to get more background on how the all black air wing was first created and how it ended up in Italy.  Simply put, while Red Tails is a good starting point, there is still so much more that can and should be shared about what is one of the most important group of servicemen to ever don the uniform and fly the flag of the United States of America. 

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