MTV Networks Premiere Pierce The Veil’s New Video

L-R:  Jaime Preciado, Tony Perry, Vic Fuentes, Mike Fuentes Photo credit:  Jonathan Weiner

L-R: Jaime Preciado, Tony Perry, Vic Fuentes, Mike Fuentes
Photo credit: Jonathan Weiner

Pierce The Veil has officially unveiled (no pun intended) its new video.

The video for ‘Circles,’ the band’s new single started running nationwide this morning on AMTV, AMTV2, MTV Hits, MTV Live and mtvU.  The video began running this morning at 6:00 ET.  It is also running live on MTV’s Snapchat Discovery channel and via Vevo.  It was directed by Drew Russ, who also directed the video for the band’s 2012 video for ‘King For A Day.’ That video has accumulated more than 70 million views since its premiere roughly four years ago.  The concept behind the band’s new video is loosely based on the 1991 feature film Nothing But Trouble.  The movie was written by Dan Akroyd (Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2, The Blues Brothers) and starred Chevy Chase (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Funny Farm, Fletch), John Candy (Uncle Buck, Who’s Harry Crumb?, Spaceballs), and Akroyd.  The song is currently a Top 40 Alternative radio stations across America.  The band’s new album Misdaventures premiered at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.  And the band itself was nominated for Bandom of the Year by MTV in its annual “MTV Fandom Awards.”  Later this summer the band will embark on the “Made To Destroy Tour” alongside supporting acts Neck Deep and I Prevail.  A Winter UK tour is already set to follow from October 29th to November 17th.  The band’s complete tour schedule is noted below.

 

SEPTEMBER

 3   The Warfield, San Francisco, CA*

 4   Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR*

 6   Showbox Sodo, Seattle, WA*

 7   Revolution Concert House, Boise, ID*

 9   In The Venue, Salt Lake City, UT*

10  High Elevation Festival, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater., Denver, CO**

12  The Cotillion, Wichita, KS*

13  Myth Live, Minneapolis, MN*

14  7 Flags Event Center, Des Moines, IA*

16  Riot Fest, Chicago, IL**

17  Rochester Main Street Armory, Rochester, NY*

18  Rock Allegiance Festival, PPL Park, Chester, PA**

20  Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH*

21  The Pageant, St. Louis, MO*

23  House of Blues, New Orleans, LA*

24  Texas Mutiny, Texas Motor Speedway, Dallas, TX**

25  Houston Open Air Festival, NRG Park, Houston, TX**

27   Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, KS*

28  War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville, TN*

30  Chill on the Hill Festival, Detroit, MI**

OCTOBER

 1   Louder Than Life Festival, Champions Park, Louisville, KY**

 2   Sonic Boom Festival, Madison, WI**

 4   Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY*

 5   The Fillmore Charlotte, Charlotte, NC*

 7   The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA*

 8   House of Blues, Orlando, FL*

 9   Jannus Live, Tampa, FL*

11  Alamo City Music Hall, San Antonio, TX*

12  Lonestar Pavilion, Lubbock, TX*

14  Marquee Theatre, Phoenix, AZ*

15  Rainbow Room, Fresno, CA*

16  Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA*

European tour:

OCTOBER

29  Trabendo, Paris, France

31  Sala Cats, Madrid, Spain

NOVEMBER

 1   Sala Noise,Valencia, Spain

 2   Sala Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona, Spain

 4   Kofmehl, Solothurn, Switzerland

 5   Magazzini Generali, Milano, Italy

 7   Theatrefabrik, Munich, Germany

 8   Arena, Vienna, AT

 9   Durer Kert, Budapest, Hungary

11  Huxleys, Berlin, Germany

13  Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany

14  Amagler Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark

15  Fryhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

17  Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

* – headline dates

** – major music festivals

 

More information on Pierce The Veil’s new video is available online now along with all of the latest updates on the band’s tour schedule, news, and more at:

 

 

 

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The Devil Wears Prada Announces Title, Release Date For New Album

Courtesy: Rise Records

Courtesy: Rise Records

The Devil Wears Prada has announced the details for its next album.

The band has announced that it will release its new album Transit Blues on Friday, October 7th in stores and online.  The record, the band’s sixth full-length studio recording, will be released via Rise Records.  It will come a little more than a year after the release of the band’s latest recording, its 2015 EP Space.  That record was released August 21st, 2015.

The process of creating Transit Blues marks the first time that the band has ever lived and recorded together in order to create any of its  records.  Producer Dan Korneff (Pierce The Veil, Motionless in White) returned to man the boards for the eleven-song record.  He also produced Space.  Vocalist Mike Hranica explained the idea behind the record and its title noting that it has a lot to do with life and certain topics related therein.  “It’s like zooming out on a commute,” he said.  “It’s the notion of getting from one place to another.  Most people go from their homes to work while we go from date to date on tour.  Either way, it’s the inevitable process of growth and change.  There are moments of anger, but the pervading theme is separation.  Drawing the full circle, it is separation that is inherent in moving from one place to another.”

In anticipation of Transit Blues’ release the band debuted last week the video for the album’s lead single ‘Daughter’ online.  The video has already received nearly 280,000 views since its debut.  In discussing the concept behind the song Hranica explained that it actually rose from literature; more specifically author Simone de Beauvor’s novel The Mandarins.  “It’s strange,” he said.  “I will write EPs based on subjects that aren’t super close to my heart like ‘Zombie’ or ‘Space’ because it opens the door for me to make my own stories based off the topics.  When we did ‘Transit Blues,’ it was only natural to incorporate fiction.  ‘Daughter’ is the most forthright example.”

Transit Blues is currently scheduled to be released in stores and online on Friday, October 7th via Rise Records.  More information on Transit Blues is available online now along with all of the latest news and more from The Devil Wears Prada at:

 

 

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release New Nina Simone Doc This Summer

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment has another new music documentary on the way this summer.

On Friday, September 2nd Eagle Rock Entertainment will release its new music documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?  The documentary focuses on legendary performer Nina Simone.  It will be released on separate DVD + CD combo pack, Blu-ray + CD combo pack and digital formats.  The story at the center of the new documentary presents Simone in all of her highs and lows.  It follows Simone’s life and career from young piano prodigy to student at The Julliard School of Music, to jazz and blues great and civil rights activist, to her later years.  The story is told through archived interviews, concert performance footage, and interviews with Simone’s family, friends, and colleagues.  The documentary, presented on DVD and Blu-ray is coupled with a compilation of Simone’s greatest songs on CD.  The songs in question include both studio recordings and live performances. The full track listing for the documentary’s companion CD is noted below.

 

MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? CD TRACK LISTING:

1) I Loves You Porgy

2) Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

3) I Put A Spell On You

4) Strange Fruit (Live in New York, 1965)

5) Sinnerman

6) Mississippi Goddam (Live In New York, 1964)

7) Little Girl Blue (Live In New York, 1964)

8) Don’t Smoke In Bed (Live In New York, 1964)

9) My Baby Just Cares For Me

10) Lilac Wine

11) Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair

12) Night Song

13) Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (Live in New York, 1965)

14) Feeling Good

15) Ne Me Quitte Pas

 

What Happened, Miss Simone? will be available in stores and online on Friday, September 2nd on DVD + CD combo pack and Blu-ray + CD combo pack.  The DVD + CD combo pack will retail for MSRP of $21.98 and the Blu-ray + CD combo pack for $26.98.  The DVD + CD combo pack can be pre-ordered online now here and the Blu-ray + CD combo pack here.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Virgil Films’ New ‘Back To The Future’ Doc Is A “Heavy” Presentation

Courtesy: Virgil Films

Courtesy: Virgil Films

Throughout the course of its rich, ages-long history Hollywood and its major studios have carved out so many new cinematic highways on which audiences have traveled.  It is on those same roads that audiences have been introduced to just as many iconic cars and more.  In 1964 audiences were introduced to James Bond’s now famed Aston Martin for the first time.  Four years later in 1968 audiences were introduced to yet another iconic car in the form of the Ford Bullitt Mustang GT 390 Fastback.  And in 1985 audiences went for another ride with one of the single most iconic cinematic cars of all time in the form of Doctor Emmett L. Brown’s DeLorean time machine.  That car is the focus of today’s review.  Or rather, a new documentary focused on the car in question is the focus of today’s review.  Just last week Virgil Films released a new documentary title OUTATIME:  Saving The DeLorean Time Machine.  The roughly 63 minute documentary follows the efforts of a dedicated team of fans who made it their mission to reconstruct the car, which for years had sadly been left to the elements by the very studio that made it famous.  That story in question sits at the center of the documentary as its most important elements.  The transitions that are used to advance the story are just as important to note as the documentary’s central story.  The bonus material that is included in the documentary rounds out its most important elements.  It brings everything full circle in the program’s presentation.  Each element plays its own unquestionably important part in the program’s presentation.  Altogether they make OUTATIME: Saving The DeLorean Time Machine a must see not just for Back to the Future fans but for car nuts and film buffs, too.  They come together to make the program in whole potentially one of the year’s top new documentaries.

Virgil Films’ new cinematic documentary OUTATIME: Saving The DeLorean Time Machine is potentially one of 2016’s top new documentaries.  It is a must see not just for Back to the Future fans but for car nuts and film buffs, too.  That is exhibited in large part through the story that makes up the body of the program’s main feature.  The story follows a group of dedicated Back to the Future fans who make it their mission to bring back to life the famed DeLorean time machine used in the filming of the beloved film series (and apparently its animated spinoff, too as audiences will learn in watching this documentary).  As the story goes, the car in question was Universal’s “A” car.  It was one of three that were used in the filming of the original trilogy and is the only one of the three cars that survived the filming.  The problem is that the car was largely neglected in the years following the trilogy’s filming.  If it wasn’t being used at special events and around the Universal back lot, it was being left open to the elements and overzealous fans, many of whom picked pieces of the car and took them home for themselves.  So, as the story presents, it was up to these dedicated fans to reconstruct the car to its original, pristine condition.  It was anything but an easy chore, too.  It took the team a whole year to find get the job done.  From looking through military surplus yards to contacting fans who had taken pieces of the original car (including the original flux capacitor) to even building parts from scratch and more the reconstruction team had quite the job in store.  Lead man Joe Walser made certain, too that the car was rebuilt right down to the smallest detail.  Perhaps most incredible of all is that not a single member of the team was paid for its efforts.  One man drove three hours either way from beginning to end while another even flew 7 hours at one point and was instantly put right to work upon arrival.  The end result of the team’s efforts is incredible to see.  Interestingly enough had Universal taken more care of the DeLorean, this documentary might have ironically never happened.  But now thanks to the efforts of the build team, it does exist.  Not only that but the DeLorean now sits in one of the world’s most renowned automotive museums for all to see after being moved from Universal Studios.  This is revealed in one of the program’s key bonus features, and will be discussed later.  Getting back on the subject at hand, the story at the center of OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine is a key element to the documentary’s presentation.  It is only one of the program’s key elements.  The transitions that are used in telling the story, and advancing it, are just as important to the program as its story.

The story at the center of OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine is a key element in the program’s presentation.  It is just one of the documentary’s key elements.  The transitions that are used to help tell the story and advance it are just as important to its overall presentation as the story itself.  Viewers will be pleased to see just how smooth the transitions in question are.  Each segment is launched by the use of yet another iconic BTTF element, the clock from the clock tower.  As each month ticks by so does the clock tick back to zero.  Within each segment viewers are presented with a specific portion of the rebuild–the time circuits, reacquiring the pieces that had been picked from the car, the hunt to find other parts, etc.  The beginning and end of each segment is wholly clear, making the story in whole that much easier to follow.  That in turn leads to insurance of viewers’ engagement from the beginning of the program to its end.  It works with the story directly to make the presentation of the program’s central story key in itself to the documentary’s overall presentation.  It still is not the last of the documentary’s most notable elements.  Its bonus material is just as important to note as its story and transitions therein.

The story at the center of OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine and its related transitions are both key pieces of this documentary’s presentation.  The story centers on the efforts to restore what is one of the most iconic cars in Hollywood’s modern history.  The transitions ensure viewers’ engagement from beginning to end.  While both elements prove to be undeniably important to the documentary’s overall presentation they are not its only important elements.  The bonus material that comes with the documentary is just as important as the story and its elements.  That is because the bonus material collectively brings the whole presentation full circle beginning with the “Petersen Automotive Museum” featurette.  This bonus features Joe Walser and a representative from the Petersen Automotive Museum discussing the addition of the DeLorean time machine to the museum’s collection.  Walser is so ecstatic as he discusses the car’s move from Universal Studios post reconstruction to the Petersen Museum.  He notes that he could not have been happier because unlike its time at Universal Studios, it is not encased in a giant box.  It is on display for everybody to see.  And as the museum’s rep notes, it is presented so that people can walk almost all the way around it as they admire it.  But it is also monitored very closely so as to prevent anyone from touching it, again bringing the story full circle since people originally taking parts from the car was part of what led to its near demise.  Speaking of the car’s parts the documentary also features a short piece discussing the names for the various parts that make up Doc Brown’s famed time machine and how said names came to be.  Walser and another member of the team note that many of the car’s parts were named by other BTTF fans, not by the people behind the cameras.  As a result of that dedication to the car and the franchise that made the car so famous, the names for the parts have, in turn, stuck to this day.  On a similar note, there is also a feature on sci-fi archivist Bob Burns and how his dedication to archiving and maintaining props and other pieces from Hollywood’s history served as the inspiration for Walser and others.  It is eye-opening to see Burns’ vast collection and the state in which the props remain today.  It is a compliment to Burns’ efforts to say the very least.  As if that isn’t enough there is also an extensive collection of deleted scenes that adds its own share of enjoyment to the program.  The bonus feature-length commentary adds just as much entertainment and insight to the documentary if not more than the other noted bonus features.  That aside, audiences will agree that each bonus plays its own part in the whole of the program’s presentation.  Altogether they prove to be just as important to the documentary as its story and the story’s related transitions.  All things considered they make OUUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine a must see for any Back To the Future fan as well as any car nut and cinema history buff.  It is the kind of program that would be a good fit on History Channel and even Velocity network because of that reach and the networks’ similar programming.  Considering all of this, the documentary proves to be such a solid work that it is potentially one of 2016’s top new documentaries.

OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine is potentially one of 2016s top new documentaries.  That is due in large part to its original story and the transitions therein that ensure viewers’ engagement from beginning to end.  The story makes it a good fit not just on Blu-ray but also alongside programming offered on History Channel and even Velocity network.  The bonus material that is included with the program’s home release makes the documentary even more worth the watch.  That is because it brings the program full circle with its presented material.  Each element plays its own important part to the program, as has already been noted.  When they are set against one another, they show this documentary to be one that every car nut, cinematic history buff, and Back to the Future fan alike will appreciate.  Considering that reach and overall enjoyment, the documentary in whole proves to be potentially one of 2016’s top new documentaries.  It is available now in store and online.  More information on this and other titles from Virgil Films is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Korn Unveils New Video; Announces New Tour Schedule

KORN pictured l to r is Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, Jonathan Davis, Brian "Head" Welch, Ray Luzier and James "Munky" Shaffer

Photo Credit: Dean Karr

Korn will release its new album this fall.

The band announced this week that it will release The Serenity of Suffering on Friday, October 21st via Roadrunner Records.  The record is the album’s twelfth full-length studio recording and features a guest appearance by Slipknot front man Corey Taylor.  The record is the band’s third for Roadrunner Records.  The band also released 2010’s Korn III Remember Who You Are and 2011’s The Path of Totality via Roadrunner Records.  Pre-orders for the album are open now here.

In anticipation of the album’s release the band has unveiled the video for the album’s lead single ‘Rotting in Vain’ this week via RollingStone.com.  It features Son of Anarchy star Tommy Flanagan and can be viewed online now here.  Front man Jonathan Davis explained the concept behind the song in a recent interview noting that it is “about being in that black place, being in situations that I don’t like in life–be it relationships, or feeling when you’re stuck and you’re just being abused or you don’t like where you’re at, and you just sit there and rot.”  He went on to explain that the song came from the years that it takes to figure a way out while still battling those feelings.  “It takes you years and years to figure out how to claw your way out. That’s where ‘Rotting in Vain’ came from. I’m just sitting there, fucking dying and letting it happen for years and years and not helping myself to get out of that place. That’s the vibe that inspired the song,” he said.

Korn is currently touring in support of its upcoming album.  It launched a co-headlining tour this week alongside Rob Zombie.  In This Moment is joining the bands as a special guest on the tour, which currently runs through September 3rd.  After that the band will take some time to rest before heading back out on the road again on September 24th alongside Breaking Benjamin for another co-headlining tour dubbed the “Nocturnal Underground Tour.”  Motionless in White and Silver Snakes will join the bands as special guests on the tour.  Korn also has performances at the Louder Than Life Festival and Aftershock Festival scheduled for October.  Those dates and Korn’s complete tour schedule are noted below.

 

KORN’s complete U.S. tour routing for 2016 is:

 

Co-headlining with Rob Zombie
Fri 7/22 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
Sat 7/23 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sun 7/24 Irvine, CA Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Tue 7/26 Nampa (Boise), ID Idaho Center Amphitheater
Wed 7/27 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Fri 7/29 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat 7/30 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Tue 8/2 Austin, TX Austin 360 Amphitheater
Wed 8/3 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Thu 8/4 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sat 8/6 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
Sun 8/7 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Tue 8/9 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Wed 8/10 Kansas City, MO Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Sat 8/20 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort (without Rob Zombie)
Sun 8/21 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Tue 8/23 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Wed 8/24 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Thu 8/25 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Sat 8/27 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
Sun 8/28 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
Tue 8/30 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Thu 9/1 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
Fri 9/2 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
Sat 9/3 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Co-headlining with Breaking Benjamin
Sat 9/24 Fargo, ND Scheels Arena
Sun 9/25 Omaha, NE Baxter Arena
Tue 9/27 Cedar Rapids, IA US Cellular Center
Wed 9/28 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
Festival Appearances
Sat 10/1 Madison, WI JJO Sonic Boom
Sun 10/2 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life
Co-headlining with Breaking Benjamin
Wed 10/5 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Fri 10/7 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sat 10/8 Southaven, MS Landers Center
Sun 10/9 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Tue 10/11 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Wed 10/12 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Thu 10/13 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat 10/15 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP
Sun 10/16 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Tue 10/18 Topeka, KS Landon Arena
Wed 10/19 Colorado Springs, CO Colorado Springs World Arena
Festival Appearance
Sat 10/22 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival

 

 

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‘A Decade Of Dio: 1983 – 1993’ CD Box Set Available Now; Pre-Orders Open Now For Vinyl Box Set

Courtesy;  Rhino Records

Courtesy; Rhino Records

The wait is finally over, Dio fans.

A Decade of Dio: 1983 – 1993 is officially available now on CD box set.  The six-disc box set features Ronnie James Dio’s first six solo albums—Holy Diver (1983), The Last in Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Dream Evil (1987), Lock Up The Wolves (1990), and Strange Highways (1993) in one complete collection.  It is retailing for $34.98.

Pre-orders for the collection’s vinyl platform, which is expected to retail for $99.98, are currently available now here.  Pre-orders can be placed here.  The vinyl collection will be available Friday, October 4th.   It will come with a bonus 7” vinyl single containing the original 1983 take of ‘Evil Eyes’ on one side and ‘Time To Burn’ on the other.  The take of ‘Evil Eyes’ that is presented in the vinyl set’s bonus 7” disc was originally released as the b-side to the title track from Holy Diver.  As an added note, it is completely different from the take presented in Dio’s 1984 album The Last in Line. ‘Time To Burn’ was the only studio track to be included in Dio’s 1986 live recording Intermission.

Both versions are presented in boxes featuring new artwork by Marc Sasso.  Sasso was the man behind the artwork on a number of Dio’s original albums.  More information on these upcoming box sets and other titles from Rhino Records is available online now at:

 

 

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Time Life, StarVista Give Audiences The Time Of Their Lives Again In ‘The Wonder Years” Fifth Season

Courtesy: Time Life/ABC

Courtesy: Time Life/ABC

Television has come a long way since its golden age.  That isn’t a good thing either.  During television’s infancy audiences were provided with so much variety in their programming options.  Now however, those options are far fewer.  Most of what audiences are being offered are either soulless “reality shows,” rebooted game shows, or any number of crime and medical procedurals, none of which even have any heart in themselves.  Thankfully, the variety once offered during television’s golden age have been resurrected by the increasing number of retro TV networks out there and home entertainment companies such as Shout! Factory, MPI Home Video, and the focus of today’s review, Time Life Entertainment.  Time Life and its subsidiary StarVista Entertainment have proven in recent years to be among the leading names in home entertainment thanks to the release of classics such as: Hee Haw, The Carol Burnett Show, and of course The Wonder Years just to name a few of those classic series.  Speaking of The Wonder Years, Time Life and StarVista released the fifth season of that series this past May.  The series’ penultimate season, it proves in its new home release why Time Life and StarVista are among the leading names in home entertainment beginning with the season’s writing; more specifically its stories.  The work of the series’ cast is just as important to note as the show’s writing.  The companion booklet that comes with the set is yet another important element to consider in the set’s presentation.  Each element plays its own part in Season Five’s overall presentation.  They are hardly the set’s only notable elements, too.  There is also the set’s collective bonus material and even the very listing of the episodes to consider in the set’s presentation.  All things considered Time Life and StarVista have once again proven with this release why they are among the leading names in the home entertainment arena.

Time Life and StarVista are among the very few leading names in the home entertainment arena today.  That has been proven time and again with every one of the companies’ previous home releases.  The recently released fifth season of ABC’s classic family drama The Wonder Years is just the latest title to prove that reputation.  The series is one of television’s best classic dramas.  That has already been proven over the course of the series’ first four seasons.  Now in its penultimate season it has proven this once again in large part through its writing.  More specifically that writing applies to the stories at the heart of each episode.  While this season’s stories take place in the 1970s their scenarios are just as relevant today as they were in their given age.  “Road Test” is just one key example of that continued relevance.  Kevin faces his driving test in this episode.  And it isn’t easy.  While everyone else is having an easy go of it, he can’t get over his issues with parallel parking.  That is until he finally faces his fears.  It also leads to a heartwarming father-son bonding moment between Kevin and Jack in the end.  This smaller element of the writing will be discussed later.  Of course driving tests have changed a lot since the days of Kevin’s test.  But that fear and uncertainty that new drivers feel is still very much the same, again proving its relevance to the world today.

The Story within “Day One” is another key example of The Wonder Years’ continued relevance to the world today.  This stories finds Kevin starting high school, which means a whole new environment including a new teacher who makes Kevin his personal target.  This comes about due to one joke that Kevin makes; a joke that Kevin finds harmless but the teacher in question doesn’t, thanks to his personal background.  In the process, Kevin learns a very important lesson not only about civics and government but about right and wrong.  It is an important story that progresses Kevin’s continuing coming-of-age that is just as relevant today as it was in its original broadcast.  Sure, there might not be protests along the line of what Kevin and his classmates did.  But it directly echoes that personal emotional growth that every teen goes through, even today.  So it proves, again, to be just as relevant to the world today as “Road Test.”

“Soccer” is one more example of what makes The Wonder Years so relevant to the world even today.  This time Kevin joins a band of misfit students to form his school’s new soccer team.  Of course the result is a classic underdog story that will put a smile on any viewer’s face.  Despite the differences exhibited by the team and its general lack of talent, it still comes together in the end to inspire both each other and its coach, a one-time soccer legend himself.  The coach had signed on very reluctantly and didn’t even show any real interest in the team throughout most of the story.  But the team’s determination inspired him even just a little bit.  So many stories along the lines on this one have been crafted by so many television and movie writers through the ages.  But they have all been so over the top that they are hardly believable.  This story is the polar opposite of those presentations.  It completely pulls in audiences and in turn makes itself entirely believable.  It is just one more way in which The Wonder Years maintains its relevance even today.  It is hardly the last story presented in this season that proves the series’ continued relevance.  “Private Butthead,” “The Lost Weekend,” and “Wedding” could just as easily be used to exhibit that continued relevance as could any of the season’s other episodes, too.  All things considered, the stories that are presented throughout The Wonder Years’ fifth season show from beginning to end the series’ continued relevance and the overall importance of the season’s writing.  The stories alone are just a portion of what makes the writing so important.  The life lessons that are presented within each episode are just as important to note as the stories themselves.

The stories at the center of The Wonder Years’ fifth season are in their own right hugely important to the writing within the season’s presentation.  They are just part of what makes the writing so important.  The life lessons that are presented within each episode are just as important to note as the stories themselves.  Case in point the lesson presented in “Day One.”  The lesson about standing up for one’s own beliefs is one that applies at any stage of life.  While the tyrant here might have been the teacher Kevin still realized that he had to stand up for himself just as people in general must stand up against tyranny, bullies, and the like.  It boasts a certain heart that few if any shows today can say they have.

“Grandpa’s Car” boasts just as much heart in its story and life lesson as that presented in “Day One.”  This story sees Arnold’s grandfather having to come to terms with his age and his waning abilities.  It presents yet another topic that is just as relevant today as it was in Kevin’s youth.  While the story is powerful in its own right, so is the lesson presented here.  The lesson centers on family.  It presents that important message about looking after one’s family even when family might not agree with certain decisions and actions.  It is one of those lessons (and stories) that will definitely touch audiences so deeply.  And it is hardly the last example of the importance of the lessons to the series’ writing in this season.  “The Wedding” provides one more example of the importance of the show’s lessons this season to its writing.

“Grandpa’s Car” and “Day One” both present lessons that are clearly important to the series’ writing.  They are lessons that ring just as true today as they did during Kevin’s youth.  They are not the only episodes to present such important lessons.  The lesson at the heart of “The Wedding” (no pun intended here) is yet another example of the importance of the show’s lessons to its writing.  It presents the message of social existence.  Just because Karen’s wedding isn’t the traditional wedding does not make it wrong.  It still allows her and her new husband to express their love to one another.  Sadly there are a lot of people who to this day still think that a wedding should be a certain way thanks to social norms and values.  Considering that, the lesson presented here is one from which so many audiences would benefit even today.  Keeping that in mind, the lesson presented here is yet one more example of the importance of the show’s lessons to its writing.  And as with the presented stories, it is hardly the last lesson that could be cited in exhibiting the importance of the show’s writing, too.  There are plenty of other lessons that could be cited here.  All in all they come together with the lessons noted here to show in full that the lessons presented within the episodes are just as important to the show’s writing as the presented episodes.  Now having considered all of this, the stories and lessons that are presented across The Wonder Years’ fifth season show unquestionably the importance of the season’s writing to its presentation.  As important as the writing proves to be to The Wonder Years’ fifth season it is not the only important part of its presentation.  The work of the show’s cast is just as important to note as that of the show’s writers.

The work of The Wonder Years’ writers proves to be unquestionably important to the series even in its fifth season.  That is because the writers have crafted stories that on one level are just as relevant today (yet again) as they were in their original broadcast.  On another level the lessons that are presented throughout give each episode (and the season in whole) just as much heart as the series’ previous four seasons.  While the writing proves to be so important to the series it is not the only important part of this season’s presentation.  The work of the series’ cast is just as important to note as the writing.  Their work shines through in every episode just as much as that of the writers.  One prime example of this comes midway into the season in “Private Butthead.”  When Wayne decides to join the Army, thinking he’s not smart enough to go to college, he and Jack butt heads over his decision.  What is evident on both parts is the love that Jack has for his son.  The emotion exhibited by Dan Lauria as he tries to persuade Wayne (Jason Hervey) to rethink his decision is so painful and heart-wrenching.  Lauria really makes audiences feel for him.  That is because he is not so much because Jack is mad at Wayne but rather because he is so scared for him and what might happen.  He explains to Wayne that it was different when he went to Korea.  He knows what happens in war.  He just doesn’t want that for his son.  It is a father’s love for his son.  And it shines here so brightly.  On the same note, Hervey is just as believable as Wayne butts  heads with Jack.  He makes audiences believe his performance just as much as Lauria does for Jack.  It would have been so easy for the pair to go over the top here.  But at no point does that happen.  It makes their performance one of the season’s best hands down.  It is just one example of how the cast’s work shines in this season.  Olivia d’Abo is just as impressive when she takes center stage in “The Wedding.”

Dan Lauria and Jason Hervey both exemplify the importance of the cast’s work when the pair take the lead in ‘Private Butthead.”  The duo expertly presents a situation that is just as prevalent today as it was so many decades ago.  The emotion exhibited by both men as they play their respective part in the story makes the story so emotionally gripping.  On another note, Kevin’s personal growth in “Day One” is another example of the importance of the cast’s work this season.  Audiences will find themselves completely enthralled in Fred Savage’s performance as Kevin goes from being a nervous high school “newbie” to being a proud, confident leader of sorts as he eventually leads his classmates in a protest against their tyrannical teacher.  It is so interesting to watch Kevin’s gradual personality change over the course of the episode.  That is thanks, again, to Savage’s attention to the story and control of Kevin’s growth.  It is yet another example of how the cast’s work shines here and most definitely not the last.  On another note, Olivia d’Abo is impressive in her own right during her time at the fore in “Stormy Weather.”

Dan Lauria, Jason Hervey, and Fred Savage all show in their own ways the importance of the cast’s work in this season of The Wonder Years.  Theirs isn’t the only notable work.  Olivia d’Abo deserves her own share of praise for her work as Kevin and Wayne’s sister Karen.  That is especially the case in ‘Stormy Weather.”  Here in this story is d’Abo portraying Karen as a grown woman yet someone who is still so vulnerable.  There is still that aspect of someone so young and inexperienced in life thanks to d’Abo’s performance.  D’Abo’s performance presents Karen as a young woman who is realizing that while she is an adult, she still obviously hasn’t completely found her way or herself.  And the moment at which she realizes this is one of the episode’s most powerful.  It is a subtle moment.  But those who pay close attention will catch it.  In doing so, those audiences will be so moved.  It is just one more way in which the cast’s work shines through in this season and shows its importance to the season’s presentation.  There are so many other moments that could be cited in exhibiting the importance of the cast’s work.  That would take far too much time, though.  Keeping that in mind, it would be safe to examine one more of the season’s important elements, its companion booklet.

Both the writing and acting behind the The Wonder Years in its fifth season do so much to make the show just as solid this time out as in its previous seasons.  They are not the season’s only important elements.  The companion booklet that comes with the set is just as important to note as the writing and acting.  Just as with the series’ previous seasons, this season’s companion booklet presents so much extra enjoyment for audiences.  It presents short but concise summaries for each of the season’s 24 episodes.  There are also some interesting tidbits included that range from behind-the-scenes information to some equally interesting history items.  For instance, in “Hero” it is noted that a then much younger James Caviezel actually had NBA aspirations in real life.  But an injury to Caviezel prevented those dreams from becoming reality, thus leading him to embark on an acting career.  It also presents a note about actor Paul Dooley, who played Kevin’s soccer coach, Pops in relation to the episode “Soccer.”  Audiences learn in watching this episode that Dooley was one of the creative forces behind PBS’ hit series The Electric Company.  There is even a note about author Jonathan Swift in relation to “Frank and Denise.”  It notes that Swift, who wrote Gulliver’s Travels, also wrote the 1,000 line poem “Cadenus and Vanessa,” that gets Denise so emotional in this episode.  The liner notes go on to state here that the poem in question was actually aobut his 17-year affair with Esther Vanhomrigh, whose parents were also friends of Swift.  It’s just one more interesting piece of information provided in the set’s companion booklet.  There is so much more that could be discussed including a little “pop quiz” related to Wayne’s SAT prep in “Private Butthead,” a brief history of the movie Carnal Knowledge and its impact upon its release, and even a little bit about actor Lyman Ward’s guest star appearance in “Of Mastodons and Men” among so much more.  Whether for these pieces of information, those more directly noted here or any of the others, it is clear that the companion booklet that comes with the fifth season of The Wonder Years is just as important to its presentation as the season’s writing and the work of the series’ cast.  Each element is important in its own right.  Heck, even the bonus material included on disc and the clear listing of episodes on the discs deserves being noted here, too.  All things considered, Time Life Entertainment and StarVista have proven once again with this collection why they are among the leading names in the home entertainment arena today.  It also shows why this recently released box set is one of the year’s top new box sets for grown ups.

The Wonder Years: Season 5 is yet another successful release from Time Life Entertainment and StarVista.  It shows once more why these two companies are, along with Shout! Factory and MPI Home Video, among the leading names in the home entertainment arena.  This is shown through the solid writing from the season premiere to the season finale.  This includes both the stories presented in each episode and the lessons (the heart) presented in each story.  The work of the series’ cast adds just as much enjoyment to each episode and the season in whole.  The companion booklet that is included in Season Five’s box adds just as much enjoyment to the set as its writing and acting.  The same can be said of the bonus material included on-disc and the clear listing of episodes on each disc.  Each element is equally deserving of being mentioned.  But there is just not enough time or space to do so.  All things considered Time Life Entertainment and StarVista have proven once again through all of these elements why they are among the home entertainment arena’s leading names.  Altogether they not only strengthen both companies’ reputations in the home entertainment arena but also show why this box set is one of the year’s top new box sets for grown ups.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles from Time Life Entertainment and StarVista is available online now at:

 

 

 

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