Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Taste’s Final Live Show This Fall

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment announced today that it will release a “delectable” new archived live concert recording from the famed rock band Taste this fall.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release What’s Going On – Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 on Friday, September 18th. The concert recording, originally shot by Academy Award® winner Murray Lerner, was restored from its original 16mm film and even had its sound remixed for its upcoming presentation. It will be available on a number of platforms including: DVD, Blu-Ray, double-disc LP set for vinyl fans, and digital formats. The DVD wil retail for MSRP of $14.98, Blu-ray for $19.98, CD for $13.98, and double-disc vinyl LP set for $34.98.

The concert presented in What’s Going On – Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 presents the story of the famed Irish band, formed in 1966 by equally noted multi-talented musician and songwriter Rory Gallagher. The recording is especially important as it would be the last time that the band would perform together in its short time together. Before performing at the festival, Taste released only two full-length albums—its self-titled debut release in 1969 and its follow-up On The Boards (1970). Those albums are being included in a companion box set titled I’ll Remember, which will be released via Universal Music Group on August 28th. Both albums have been re-mastered and include their own bonus tracks. Also included in the box set will be previously unreleased live concert recordings from Stockholm’s Konserthuset, The BBC and Woburn Abbey Festival and demos of both the band’s previously released and un-released material.

The track listing for What’s Going On – Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 includes all of the songs featured in the concert’s original 1971 Polydor LP as well as bonus tracks for true hardcore fans of Taste. There will also be a trio of songs from the German TV series Beat Club. Those songs are: ‘If The Day Was Any Longer,’ ‘It’s Happened Before, It’ll Happen Again,’ and ‘Morning Sun.’ If that isn’t enough for fans, Eagle Rock Entertainment has also included music videos for the songs ‘I’ll Remember,’ ‘What’s Going On,’ and ‘Born on the Wrong Side of Time.’ Audiences can check out the band’s performance of ‘What’s Going On’ right now online via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOo_Zi1W2iE&feature=youtu.be.   It is just one of the performances included in the recording. Speaking of those performances, the complete track listing for the concert in each of its platforms is noted below.

TRACK LISTING DVD / Blu-Ray

1) What’s Going On

2) Sugar Mama

3) Morning Sun

4) Gambling Blues

5) Sinner Boy

6) Same Old Story

7) Catfish Blues

8) I Feel So Good

TRACK LISTING CD / 2LP

1) What’s Going On

2) Sugar Mama

3) Morning Sun

4) Gambling Blues

5) Sinner Boy

6) I’ll Remember

7) I Feel So Good

8) Catfish Blues

9) Same Old Story

10) Blister On The Moon

 

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Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

 

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Shout! Factory Goes Lightspeed Next Month With Its Latest Power Rangers Release

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Saban/Saban Brands

Shout! Factory continues its ongoing series of classic Power Rangers series next month when it releases Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.

Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue will be available on Tuesday, August 11th in its entire forty-episode run. It will be available in stores and online and will retail for MSRP of $19.97. The second “post-Zordon-era” installment of Saban’s hit franchise, it is also one of the most standout installments of the franchise. That is because it is the first of the Power Rangers series to establish the Rangers’ powers through a terrestrial means rather than that of aliens from other worlds or mystical beings. In the case of this series this Power Rangers team is a semi-militaristic organization established to protect the colony of Mariner Bay. Even the team’s members are more relatable to audiences than before as each team member comes from a normal walk of life—a paramedic, a firefighter, a pilot, an extreme sports athlete and enthusiast, and a martial arts master. And instead of fighting aliens from other worlds, the Rangers in this case fight the evil Queen Bansheera, who is a demon, and her evil minions.

Over the course of Power Rangers Lightspeed’s forty-episodes, audiences see the return of the villainous Trakeena, from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy in the two-part episode “Trakeena’s Revenge.” This episode sees the Lightspeed and Lost Galaxy rangers having to team up when Trakeena returns to Earth with the aim of destroying it. Olympius and his evil forces cause their share of problems for Trakeena interestingly enough, proving that even among villains there is no honor.

In another of the series’ more notable moments, Carter is caught in a loop that sees him repeating the same day over and over again in “Yesterday Again.” With each repetition, Carter gains new knowledge in his fight to save the Rangers from being destroyed by Olympius.

“The Omega Project” is one more key moment from Lightspeed Rescue. This episode is one of the series’ rare moments in which the Rangers are taken out of Mariner Bay in order to save it. This episode sees the Rangers having to stop an asteroid pulled toward Earth by Olympius. It means having to initiate the “Omega Project,” which introduces the Omega Crawler and Omega Megazord. Both are formed through the use of the new Omega Zords.

The episodes noted here are just a few examples of what fans can anticipate from the upcoming release of Power Rangers Lightspeed. The series will be available in whole on DVD on Tuesday, August 11th. It will be available in stores and online and can be pre-ordered online now at a discounted price of $16.97 via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-action-adventure/power-rangers-lightspeed-rescue-the-complete-series. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.shoutfactory.com

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Shout! Factory Starts Releasing Maude’s Single Season Sets Next Month

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Earlier this year, Shout! Factory released CBS’ classic sitcom Maude in its entirety on DVD. Next month the leading name in home entertainment will follow-up the show’s complete series collection with the release of Maude: The Complete Second Season.

Shout! Factory will release Maude: The Complete Second Season in stores and online on Tuesday, August 11th. It will be released only on DVD and will retail for $24.97. Season Two opens with a powerful two-part episode that addresses the issue of alcoholism when Walter (played here by Bill Murray—Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2, What About Bob) is accused of having a drinking problem. The problem is raised when it is revealed that Walter had been making crank calls to Maude’s mother. Upon being confronted by Maude and Carol about his problem he proceeds to get so drunk that he ruins Phillip’s birthday cake and gets into an altercation with Maude that becomes physical. The fallout from the events of the episode’s first half will move every viewer.

In another of Season Two’s key moments, Maude’s housekeeper Florida leaves the show. “Florida’s Goodbye” sees actress Esther Rolle leave the show as she would go on to star in the equally beloved sitcom Good Times shortly after her departure. It is in this episode that Florida’s husband Henry receives a job promotion leading Florida to make the decision to stay at home and be a housewife. In her denial over Florida’s departure, Maude turns down every applicant for Florida’s replacement, hoping beyond hope that Florida would return.

Audiences also see in this season Maude go through a big change of her own as she decides to get a facelift in the two-part episode “Maude’s Facelift.” This episode sees Maude decide to get a facelift after Vivian gets one. Maude’s jealousy toward Vivian for the facelift leads her to make the decision to get one herself. Of course, the end result leads to problems with Walter in the long term.

The episodes noted here are just a few examples of what audiences have to look forward to from the second season of Maude. Maude: The Complete Second Season will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, August 11th. It will retail for MSRP of $24.97. However, it can be pre-ordered online now for a discounted price of $19.97 via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://shoutfactory.com/tv/comedy/maude-season-two. Audiences can also check out Season Two’s complete episode list at the noted website. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.shoutfactory.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShoutFactory

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Announces Release Date, Specs For New George Strait Live Recording

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The King of Country returns this summer with a brand new live recording courtesy of the leader in live recordings.

Eagle Rock Entertainment announced today that it will release George Strait’s new live recording The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium on Friday, August 28th. The recording comes right at the end of the annual summer concert season, just in time to give fans one more concert before summer starts winding down and the weather slowly begins to turn. It will be available on DVD and digital formats. The DVD will retail for MSRP of $14.98. Details for digital pricing will be announced soon.

Originally filmed on June 7, 2014 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium features performances from not only one of country’s most respected names but also from some of the greatest names in country both past and present including: Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, and even Strait’s own son, George “Bubba” Strait, Jr. Between Strait’s own performances and those of his guests, the show’s set list comes to a total of forty songs that span Strait’s storied career. Among that massive list of hits featured in this recording are the likes of: ‘Unwound,’ ‘The Chair,’ ‘Amarillo By Morning,’ ‘Check Yes Or No,’ ‘Give It Away,’ ‘Troubador,’ All My Exes Live in Texas,’ and plenty of others. The track listing for the concert is listed below.

Track Listing:

  1. Check Yes Or No
  2. A Fire I Can’t Put Out
  3. Love Bug (with Vince Gill)
  4. Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind (with Vince Gill)
  5. River Of Love
  6. Lead On
  7. Fool Hearted Memory (with Jason Aldean)
  8. Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her (with Jason Aldean)
  9. Arkansas Dave (with Bubba Strait)
  10. I Saw God Today
  11. Cowboys Like Us (with Eric Church)
  12. Easy Come, Easy Go (with Eric Church)
  13. That’s What Breaking Hearts Do
  14. Marina Del Rey
  15. Here For A Good Time (with Sheryl Crow)
  16. When Did You Stop Loving Me (with Sheryl Crow)
  17. I Can Still Make Cheyenne
  18. Drinkin’ Man
  19. Jackson (with Martina McBride)
  20. Golden Ring (with Martina McBride)
  21. Give It Away
  22. I Got A Car
  23. A Showman’s Life (with Faith Hill)
  24. Let’s Fall To Pieces Together (with Faith Hill)
  25. I Believe
  26. Blame It On Mexico
  27. Amarillo By Morning (with Alan Jackson)
  28. Murder On Music Row (with Alan Jackson)
  29. The Chair
  30. Give It All We Got Tonight
  31. How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls (with Miranda Lambert)
  32. Run (with Miranda Lambert)
  33. You Look So Good In Love
  34. I’ll Always Remember You
  35. Ocean Front Property (with Kenny Chesney)
  36. The Fireman (with Kenny Chesney)
  37. Troubadour
  38. Unwound
  39. All My Ex’s Live In Texas (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride)
  40. The Cowboy Rides Away

Along with its massive set list, Eagle Rock Entertainment has also included bonus commentary from Strait himself and the concert as well as interviews with many of the guests that appeared for the concert as additional content.

The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium will be released on Friday, August 28th in stores and online on DVD and digital formats. The DVD will retail for MSRP of $14.98. Details for its digital release’s pricing will be announced soon. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

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Atreyu Debuts Video For Title Track From Its Long-Awaited New Album

Courtesy:  Spinefarm/Search + Destroy

Courtesy: Spinefarm/Search + Destroy

The wait is almost over for fans of the veteran rock band Atreyu.

This fall, the band will rise again after a self-imposed year-long hiatus and release its new album Long Live. The album will be released Friday, September 18th via Spinefarm/ Search + Destroy. In anticipation of the album’s impending release, the band debuted the video for the album’s title track this week. Audiences can check out the rather interesting video now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xw1vt1IS2c.

Courtesy:  Spinefarm/Search + Destroy

Courtesy: Spinefarm/Search + Destroy

The video sees the band’s members being abducted by a group of hooded beings which rise from a lake in search of each one. Even more interesting is that each of the beings trails behind it a coffin pulled by a chain. As the video progresses, it is obvious that the coffins are meant for the band’s members. Of course that is only part of the story as fans will discover in watching the video for themselves. The identity of the beings is revealed as the video progresses. The reveal in question plays directly into the video’s story and the song itself.

The new video was helmed by the band’s bassist Porter McKnight. Mcknight discussed his role in both writing and directing the video with members of the press expressing just how exciting it was for him and how much it meant to be given the responsibility of bringing it to life. “To be at the helm of a project that holds so much love and joy for provides an indescribable sense of excitement and pleasure,” he said. “It is truly a fantastic experience and an honor unlike any I’ve ever known. Writing/directing the music video for ‘Long Live’ has easily been one of the most exhilarating and fruitful artistic endeavors I’ve been a part of. This was my first attempt at either role and I have to say it was an absolute pleasure.” He added in his discussion his excitement about the album and fans’ reaction to it saying, The album Long Live (and the title track!) is without a doubt the best music we’ve ever written and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

McKnight wasn’t the ony one that was pleased with the video’s outcome. His band mates were just as excited. Drummer Brandon Saller said of the video, “This is my favorite video we’ve ever created. We were fortunate to have our own Porter McKnight at the helm with the art direction and video.” Guitarist Dan Jacobs noted that it will definitely live up to fans’ expectations saying, “I’m so pumped to show this video to the world. “We’ve worked very hard on this record and video, especially our own Porter McKnight, who directed it, so words can’t express how excited we are to share it with everyone. It’s by far the most epic video we have ever made and the face-melting level is on 11. Warning: Uncontrollable head banging will occur.”

Front man Alex Varkatzas noted his positive outlook in regards to the video especially in its connection to the album in whole saying, “‘Long Live’ is by far my favorite Atreyu video, which is fitting because our new record, titled Long Live, is the strongest Atreyu record to date,”

Long Live will be available in stores and online on Friday, September 18th. It is available now for pre-order in a number of bundle packs. The items included in the bundle packs include items that reflect the interest of the band members. They include: a bicycle, a surf board, skate deck, A Dan Jacobs guitar, a drumhead used in the recording of Long Live, canvas prints and even muay thai gloves. Along with commenting on the band’s new video and album, Saller also shared his thoughts on the pre-order bundles for the album, noting that the band didn’t want to just make the pre-orders like every other pre-orders from other bands. The band wanted to give its fans something special, especially since it had been on hiatus for so long. “We wanted to make the pre-order options interesting and have items for the true collector,” he said. Grab your pre-order and get the title track instantly. Then, I recommend going to your car, cranking it up and driving fast while screaming your f**ing head off.” Fans can pre-order the album now online at http://atreyu.merchnow.com/. The track listing for Long Live is noted below.

LONG LIVE (SEPTEMBER 18, SPINEFARM/SEARCH + DESTROY) TRACK LISTING:

Long Live

Live to Labor

I Would Kill/Lie/Die (For You)

Cut Off the Head

A Bitter Broken Memory

Do You Know Who You Are

Revival (interlude)

Heartbeats and Flatlines

Brass Balls

Moments Before Dawn

Start to Break

Reckless

Atreyu wil hit the road this fall in support of Long Live. It will kick off its tour on the album’s release date in Pamona, California. It currently has dates scheduled in the Midwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic region as well as one date in Canada. The band’s current tour schedule is listed below.

FALL 2015 HEADLINE TOUR DATES:

9/18 | Pomona, Calif. | The Glasshouse

9/19 | Sacramento, Calif. | Ace of Spades

9/20 | Los Angeles, Calif. | Troubadour

10/2 | Detroit, Mich. | Crofoot Ballroom

10/3 | Louisville, Ky. | Louder Than Life Festival*

10/5 | Toronto, ON | Opera House

10/6 |Montreal, QC | Corona Theater

10/7 | New York, N.Y. | Irving Plaza

10/9 | Boston, Mass. | Paradise Rock Club

10/10 | Philadelphia, Pa. | Rockhouse Philly Fest*

10/11 |Baltimore, Md. |Baltimore Sound Stage

10/12 Norfolk, VA The Norva

*Festival Appearance

All of the latest updates on the band’s tour is available online now along with all of the latest updates from the band at:

Website: http://www.atreyuofficial.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Atreyu

Twitter: http://twitter.com/atreyuofficial

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Smith’s Fans Will Adore Eagle Rock’s New Video Documentary On Smith’s Life And Career

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment officially releases its latest music documentary Heaven Adores You: A Documentary Film About The Life & Music Of Elliott Smith today. The documentary, available on both DVD and Blu-ray is a piece that any of Smith’s fan’s will want to have in their personal home libraries. This is regardless of whether or not said audiences have already seen it in its previous theatrical release. The main reason that Smith’s fans will want to add Heaven Adores You to their personal collections is the story presented within the documentary. The story that is presented within the documentary is a classic story that has been told countless times before of many other celebrities. It is the story of a reluctant celebrity whose life was cut short allegedly of his own doing. It is believed that the pressures of celebrity just weighed too heavily on him leading to his untimely death. On another level, audiences Smith’s fans old and new alike will find that the larger discussion of Smith’s impact on the music community plays its own part in the documentary’s success. The project’s editing rounds out the presentation. The mix of Smith’s own voice during radio interviews that he conducted set against various footage of the Portland, Oregon countryside and other footage makes for quite the emotional depth. There is also footage of Smith himself in interviews and performances held before his passing. The look on his face and the tone in his voice within itself presents a man (and a musician) who held so much inside emotionally. Those pieces set against the rest of the footage create so much more depth within the whole of the presentation. When set alongside both the documentary’s central presentation and its much deeper human story, all three elements together combine to make Heaven Adores You a piece that, again, any Elliott Smith fan will welcome in their own personal home collection.

Heaven Adores You proves in a number of ways to be a documentary that any Elliott Smith will welcome in their own personal home collection. The main way in which it proves this is the deeply moving human drama that is the story of Smith’s rise to fame and his reluctance to wear the proverbial crown thrust upon his head. No disrespect is meant towards the legacy of the late great Kurt Cobain or so many other music legends here but it could almost be argued here that the story in question mirrors that of those artists in so many ways. It is so similar in that it presents the story of a man (and a musician) whose fame built faster than perhaps could be handled by the individual. The end result is one that has been heard, read, and reported on so many times over the course of music’s history. The weight became so great that Smith, like so many others before him, became dependent on drugs and alcohol. The end result of that dependency was Smith cutting himself off from everybody that cared about him and eventually. It isn’t all bad, though. From his death have come numerous benefit concerts that pay homage to Smith and the musical legacy that he has left behind. To that extent, the story in whole isn’t entirely bittersweet. However, both the deeper moments of Smith’s life and career set against those happier moments that have stemmed from his life and career make the story in whole well worth the watch. That taken into consideration, the story of Elliott Smith’s life, career, and death and his lasting legacy makes this story reason in itself for Smith’s fans to check out this new documentary. It is but one reason that his fans will want to see this work, too.

The story of Elliott Smith’s life, career, death, and legacy is plenty of reason for Smith’s fans to check out this new documentary. It is only one part of what makes this documentary worth the watch among Smith’s fans. The bigger picture of the documentary is just as important to its whole as its central story. Audiences get first-hand insight from Smith’s family and friends on who he was both on stage and off. What’s more audiences also get insight into Smith’s roots, his gradual rise to fame and their own thoughts on the effect of that fame on Smith both as a person and performer. In regards to the effect of fame on Smith, audiences will be interested to learn that it was that very fame that drove him to change his sound and even how it led him to become the somewhat introverted individual that he became over time. Watching his interviews it is clear. He doesn’t make a lot of eye contact with either the camera or even with his interviewer. That within itself is very telling. Those segments set against the interviews with Smith’s family and friends paint a vivid picture of an individual that was definitely a tortured soul. He was someone that simply wasn’t ready for the limelight and didn’t know how to handle it. It makes one feel even more sympathy for him. The fact that even the more objective story presented through this documentary can elicit such strong emotions shows even more why Heaven Adores You will connect with Smith’s fans when they add it to their own personal libraries.

Both the objective and subjective stories presented in Heaven Adores You are pivotal in their own right to fans’ enjoyment of the documentary. On their own, they bring plenty of interest to the documentary for Smith’s fans. Collectively, they make the presentation one that will both move and inform fans. As important as they are to the whole of the program, they are not all that fans will appreciate about it. The work of those that edited Heaven Adores You deserve their own share of credit here, too. Smith’s reserved tone as he discusses his songs and his life set against the program’s stunning footage of Portland generates just as much of an emotional impact. It is difficult to put a finger on whatever it is that makes the connection so hard-hitting. Whatever it is, it is to be highly applauded. Much the same can be said of the use of Smith’s songs overtop of the footage and even as a backing for the interviews with his friends and family. The inclusion of footage from Smith’s early career partnered with those same interviews adds even more interest to the documentary. The pairing serves to help illustrate the story of Smith’s rise to fame. It does its own impressive job here, too. Together with the other noted elements of the documentary’s editing, and those not noted, the visual aspect of the documentary shows in the end to be just as pivotal to its success and enjoyment as the stories that are presented throughout the program. All things considered, Heaven Adores You shows itself to be in the end a presentation that Elliott Smith’s fans will adore.

Heaven Adores You: A Documentary Film About The Life & Music Of Elliott Smith is an interesting look at the life and career of its title subject. The incorporation of two separate stories–one subjective and the other objective–makes it well worth the watch by Smith’s fans in and of themselves. The work of those that edited the documentary is just as noteworthy. Thanks to their efforts, the documentary in whole connects with fans in a way that will both move them emotionally and inform them at the same time all the while keeping fans fully engaged. Whether for the noted stories or for the editing, the presentation in whole proves in the end to be a documentary that any of Elliott Smith’s fans will themselves adore. Heaven Adores You: A Documentary Film About The Life & Music Of Elliott Smith is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

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Barney Miller’s Final Season Is A Fabulous Finale For One Of TV’s Great Sitcoms

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

For eight years, ABC’s classic cop comedy Barney Miller entertained thousands of audiences across the country every week. But as with anything else, all good things must come to an end. On May 20th, 1982, Barney Miller finally came to an end after eight successful seasons on the air. Even years after its end, it has remained a fan favorite among audiences of all ages. It is even currently airing daily on the classic TV network Antenna TV. While this is a great thing for many audiences, not everybody gets Antenna TV. Thankfully Shout! Factory, the leading name in home entertainment, has given fans the next best thing—or perhaps the best thing—with the release of the series in its entirety and its fourth through seventh seasons in their own standalone season sets. The first three seasons were originally released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. With any luck Shout! Factory will eventually release those three seasons somewhere down the line in their own standalone season sets being that it has been able to release the series in whole in its own complete set alongside the series’ current standalone sets. While fans wait to see if that happens, they will be happy to know that the series’ eighth and final season has officially been released in stores and online. It was released earlier this month in a three-disc standalone set. Barney Miller: The Complete Eighth Season is one last wonderfully entertaining collection of episodes for any classic TV buff and especially for any long-time fan of the classic series. It proves this primarily through its writing. Just as with the series’ previous seasons, Season Eight presents plenty of humor and heart throughout the course of its twenty-two total episodes. The writing in question is yet another example of everything that once made television great. It’s just part of what makes this collection so enjoyable. The bonus material that is included with Season Eight adds even more enjoyment to the set. Among the extras included in this set are: the series’ original pilot, a behind-the-scenes retrospective of the series and fittingly, a look inside “the writer’s room” where the series came to life on paper before going before the cameras. Last but not least worth noting is the set’s overall packaging. One again, the set’s discs have been wisely packaged. Along with that, there is a comprehensive episode guide printed inside the front and back of the box. The guide offers short, concise descriptions of each episode as well as a guide outlining which episodes are featured on each of the set’s discs. The clarity offered by the episode guide and the smart packaging of the discs works hand in hand with the set’s bonus features and its writing to make Barney Miller: The Complete Eighth Season a completely enjoyable experience whether one is a classic TV buff or more specifically a fan of Barney Miller. Regardless, it is a set that will be welcome in either fan’s home DVD library.

Regardless of whether one is a casual fan of Barney Miller or a true, dedicated fan of the classic cop comedy series, viewers on both sides of the aisle (bad political joke fully intended) will agree that the newly released eighth and final season is yet another welcome addition to either fan’s home DVD library. They will agree in watching its twenty-two total episodes that it is in fact yet another example of everything that once made television great; everything that television has lost since its golden era. That is proves primarily through its writing. The writing presented throughout this season’s episodes present just as much humor and heart as those in any of the series’ previous seasons. That is evident early on in episodes such as “Possession” and “The Tontine.” The prior of the pair presents a man who claims that he is possessed coming to the squad room and subsequently being placed in the jail cell there in the room. His actions are at times hilarious (it’s obvious at times in this episode how hard the cast fought to not break down laughing as a result) and at times pretty convincing. Obviously, neither Barney nor the rest of the squad believe the man is truly possessed. Their reactions in themselves will have audiences laughing boisterously as will the priest who is brought in to “exorcise” the man’s demon. The fact that the writers could take what is typically such a serious topic and give such a light-hearted twist just goes to show their continued talents. The same applies in “The Tontine.” “The Tontine” sees Barney and company having to keep a man from committing suicide. The man wants to die because of a deal made between himself and his cousin. Yet again here audiences get a serious topic that has incredibly been turned into fodder for so many laughs. Later as the season progresses, the writers tackle the issue of prison overcrowding in “The Clown” after a group of inmates is released from prison well before they should have been released. The sharp commentary goes after the issue of how quick certain parties were to just wash their hands of the situation and brush it under the rug in the meantime. The way that the writers handled this matter will both get audiences thinking and laughing all at once. It’s yet one more example of how the writing incorporated into the series kept it so fresh and entertaining even eight seasons in. They are hardly the only examples of how the show’s writing made it so entertaining for so long. There are nineteen other episodes from this season that proves it just as much. All twenty-two episodes together show clearly the impact of the writing this far into the show’s run. The writing alone is just part of what makes this box set so enjoyable for fans. The bonus material included with the set enhances its overall viewing experience even more.

The writing that went into Season Eight’s episodes shows clearly shows its importance in the overall enjoyment of the viewing experience here. Of course it is just one aspect of the set that makes it so enjoyable for audiences and fans of the show alike. The extras included in this set add even more enjoyment to it. And along with the writing both elements together make for quite a bit of enjoyment. Among the most standout of the set’s bonuses is the inclusion of the series’ original pilot episode “The Life and Times of Barney Miller.” This full-length episode paints an entirely different picture from the Barney Miller that fans and audiences have come to know. And thank goodness that it didn’t work out. The home life aspect of that episode just changed the show’s whole dynamic. The version that everybody knows shows it doesn’t need that extra element. It works just fine on its own. In regards to the other bonuses included in this set, collectively those bonuses give audiences a truly in-depth look at the history and significance of Barney Miller in whole. It also gives an equally in-depth look at the show’s cast from the mouths of the cast itself. Whether for the bonus history lessons on the series or the bonus full-length pilot episode, audiences will agree that the material included in Season Eight’s set is in fact collectively a true bonus for fans and audiences alike. Along with the work of the show’s writers both elements together strengthen the argument even more that this final collection of episodes is a welcome addition to the home DVD library of audiences and any of the show’s fans alike.

Both the writing behind each of the season’s episodes and the bonus material included in the set are key to audiences’ enjoyment in their overall viewing experience. Together they make for a wonderful viewing experience. However, they still are not all that should be noted here. The overall packaging used in this set is just as key in its viewing experience. Yet again, the packaging of the discs themselves has been given the utmost attention as all three discs have been placed on their own spindle inside the case. This separates the discs from one another and in turn protects them from scratching. That is just the norm for Shout! Factory. Even better in regards to the packaging is that audiences once again get a complete episode listing with short but concise outlines of each episode’s plot. The listing is printed inside the case on the front and back of the artwork covering the case. This means that audiences have a full guide as to which episodes are on which disc as well as the story behind each episode. It rounds out the whole experience in Season Eight’s box set. All three elements together show in full exactly why the eighth and final season of Barney Miller is yet another win for both audiences and fans of the series alike just as much as it is another win for Shout! Factory.

The eighth and final season of Barney Miller is yet another welcome addition to the home DVD library of any classic TV buff and of any fan of this classic cop comedy. That is thanks once again to the work of the series writers by and large. The inclusion of the set’s bonus material–especially the inclusion of the series’ original pilot episode–make the overall viewing experience here all the more enjoyable. The packaging, including both the packaging of the discs themselves and the included episode guide rounds out the whole thing. All things considered, Barney Miller: The Complete Eighth Season is another great addition to any classic TV buff’s home DVD library and that of any of the show’s fans. It is yet more proof of why Shout! Factory remains today the leading name in home entertainment. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct from Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/tv/comedy/barney-miller-the-final-season. More information on this and other titles available from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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