Showing posts with label television. Show all posts
Showing posts with label television. Show all posts

Thursday, February 15, 2024

[Review] — "THE CHOSEN: SEASON FOUR—Episodes 4-6"

THE CHOSEN is an innovative historical drama that tells the story of Jesus (Jonathan Roumie) as told by those who knew him. Amidst the Roman oppression that characterized first-century Israel, the seven-season series offers an authentic and personal glimpse into the revolutionary life and teachings of Jesus. The newest season—the fourth—debuted in theaters this month in block—episodes 1-3 aired from February 1st to February 14th, 4-6 from February 15th to February 28th, and 7-8 from February 29th to March 10th.

Dallas Jenkins wrote, directed, and produced THE CHOSEN, which Lionsgate distributes worldwide. It's one of the most-viewed television programs in the world, with more than 200 million viewers. The series is a constant top performer on Peacock, Netflix, and Amazon Prime and was a top-rated show on The CW. With, to date, over 770 million episode views, THE CHOSEN—initially crowdfunded—has achieved worldwide success.

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Let me clarify—I have only seen small portions of the first three seasons aired on The CW, and I haven't watched the first three episodes of Season Four. These are my final comments regarding episodes 4, 5, and 6. Without giving anything away, there is a death in episode 3, and throughout the fourth episode, Jesus and his followers—especially Apostle Thomas—are in grief. There's a lot of drama; it feels longer than its 66-minute length. The episode is dark and dismal but the most exquisite of the three I saw.

I won't go into detail regarding the fifth (nearly 68 minutes) and sixth (64 minutes) episodes; they were intriguing—but several dialogue/conversation scenes lasted too long, and I quickly grew bored with what was occurring on screen. As far as I was concerned, these two episodes functioned as "filler" episodes to set the stage for the seventh and eighth episodes.

Jonathan Roumie delivers a strong performance as Jesus, but there was a mixed bag of soap opera-style acting from some of the cast. That's not necessarily negative because the scripts play out in a soap opera manner. Campy? Yes, at times, but nothing too distracting.

Overall, I felt episodes 4, 5, and 6 were decent—nothing to boast about, but I'm sure they'll appeal to the series' devoted fans. ╌★★★½✰

Disclosure: Many thanks to Come and See Foundation, Inc. for providing screeners for this review. My opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, December 22, 2023


The 1993-1998 science fiction drama Babylon 5 franchise hit a milestone earlier this year, marking the 30th Anniversary of the pilot movie "The Gathering" that aired on February 22, 1993. The series itself will turn the big 30 on January 26, 1994. In celebration, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. released Babylon 5: The Complete Series ($99.99 SRP USA / $119.99 SRP Canada) for the first time on a *21-disc Blu-ray set, featuring all 110 fully remastered episodes and the feature-length pilot The Gathering. (* Paid Link)

Monday, December 18, 2023

[DVD Review] — "GREASE: RISE of the PINK LADIES" is an Underrated Musical Series

"Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies" is now available on its own on a 4-disc *DVD set, and it's also available on digital platforms such as VUDU and *Prime Video. The DVD doesn't offer much in the special features except for a Rydell High Yearbook and Song Stories featurettes. (*Paid Link)

Thursday, December 14, 2023


Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: Season Two beamed down on physical media (*DVD, *Blu-ray, and *4K UHD) from Paramount Home Entertainment on December 5th, just in time for the holiday season. Join the crew of the "beyond impressive" (Rolling Stone) USS Enterprise as they go where no season of "Star Trek" has gone before! In addition to a crossover episode with Star Trek: Lower Decks, the second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds includes the first-ever "Star Trek" musical episode and over two hours of extra content. (*Paid Link)

Friday, September 1, 2023

[Review] — "God. Family. Football." is a Delightful High School Football Docuseries Streaming Free on Freevee — {Giveaway}


Streaming now on Amazon Freevee is the coming-to-age docuseries God. Family. Football. from executive producer and NFL quarterback Russell Wilson. Stream for free on Fire TV and Roku through the Prime Video or Amazon Freevee apps.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

[Blu-ray Review] — Tulsa King: Season One

Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine Sylvester Stallone, a.k.a. Rocky Balboa, a.k.a. John Rambo, starring in a television series. It's no longer the 1980s, and action stars seem to be a thing of the past. Some of my favorite action heroes of the era are heading to the streaming world. (Yep, even Arnold Schwarzenegger has an action-comedy series on Netflix.)

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

[Blu-ray Review] — "Yellowstone: Season 5 (Part 1)"

Available to Buy on DVD and Blu-ray

This review has been a long time coming. On May 9th, Paramount Home Entertainment released the first half of the fifth season of the Paramount Network television series Yellowstone on DVD and Blu-ray. I was given a Blu-ray copy around that time. I planned to review the Blu-ray as soon as possible, but then the series got canceled; I lost motivation.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

[Blu-ray Review]—"Star Trek: Prodigy: Season One, Volume One"

Paramount Home Entertainment recently released the first season of Star Trek: Prodigy on DVD and Blu-ray. Sort of. In reality, there are just the first ten episodes. Twenty episodes make up Season One, although the season got divided in half, with the last episodes winding down towards the end of 2022. The DVD and Blu-ray releases are also following this similar pattern. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

[Blu-ray Review]—"A Discovery of Witches: The Complete Trilogy"

I have far too many unread Kindle eBooks that I'd like to read one day, such as the historical-fantasy All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Technically, it's not a trilogy because of "Time's Convert," the fourth novel that acts as both a prequel and a sequel. I tend to see the adaptations before reading the book; this was the case with the All Souls Trilogy since I had seen A Discovery of Witches on Sundance/AMC when it first aired. For the most part, I liked the series; though, since I haven't read the books, I can't give you my two cents on whether it's a good or bad adaptation.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

[Blu-ray Review} - That Dirty Black Bag: Season One

That Dirty Black Bag: Season 1 lands today on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of RLJ Entertainment. The series was created by Italian filmmaker Mauro Aragoni and aired on the streaming service AMC+ earlier this year. Mauro Aragoni wrote and directed the series alongside co-director BrianO’Malley (The Lodgers, Let us Prey). Additional writing came from Marcello Izzo (“Il cacciatore”), Silvia Ebreul (“Il cacciatore”), and Fabio Paladini (“Il cacciatore,” Border Queen). The first season stars Douglas Booth (The Dirt, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Dominic Cooper (“Preacher,” Captain America: The First Avenger), Niv Sultan (“Tehran”), Aidan Gillen (“Game of Thrones”), and Travis Fimmel(“Raised by Wolves, “Vikings”).

Friday, January 28, 2022

[Review] - Sons of Thunder: Redemption Episode 3 "Cowboys and Cowgirls"

Sons of Thunder: Redemption premiered on Pure Flix on January 13th. It's a spinoff of Sons of Thunder starring Randal Reeder as Simon, a former Devil's Hands biker gang member who goes on the road after finding a Bible. The spinoff follows a different character - Jacob Lewis. He's another ex-Devil's Hand member who's looking for redemption for his past wrongs after being released from prison.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Sons of Thunder's Spinoff "Redemption" Debuts on Pure Flix on January 13th

I spent the last 24 hours binge-watching the first season of Sons of Thunder. And, no, I'm not referring to the short-lived Walker, Texas Ranger spinoff from 1999. Instead, I'm referring to the Pure Flix drama that debuted in December 2019. The series centers on Simon (Randal Reeder), a combat vet and former biker gang member trying to outrun his deadly past after stumbling upon a Bible. He travels across the country on his motorcycle, working odd jobs and aiding strangers who need his help, all while trying to find redemption for his past sins.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

[DVD Review] - The Spanish Princess: Part 2

Philippa Gregory is one biggest names in the historical fiction game. She has written nearly fifty novels, including The White Queen and The White Princess. These two novels got adapted into STARZ miniseries in 2013 and 2017. STARZ adapted The Constant Princess and The King's Curse into the limited series The Spanish Princess. Part 1, consisting of eight episodes, aired in 2019, and Part 2, consisting of eight more episodes, aired in late 2020.  

Saturday, July 10, 2021

[DVD Review] - Ancient Aliens: Season 13

Have you ever channel surfed and come across the fictionalized documentary series Ancient Aliens on History?

I don't want to admit to this, but I have watched a few episodes of Ancient Aliens over the years. Some unique individuals believe in every alternate history conspiracy theory that these so-called Ancient Alien experts concocted. I, for one, don't believe 90% of what they consider is the truth. I only watched this fake documentary series out of my nostalgia for The X-Files and pure boredom.  

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Blu-ray Review - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: The Complete Series

While looking for something new to watch on Netflix, I came across Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and then I realized that I had the series on Blu-ray. Mill Creek Entertainment had sent me the 8-disc Blu-ray set earlier this year, which I had forgotten about. So, for the past week, I've been binge-watching all 51 episodes.

If you're not living under a rock, like me, then you were probably already aware of the series. I had no clue what it was about until I began watching the first season. It's a wacky comedy, just without a laugh-track.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Blu-ray Review - Return of Ultraman

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I've spent the past week binge-watching the 1971-1972 Japanese series Return of Ultraman, which was recently released to Blu-ray ($39.98; 21 hrs 39 mins) from Mill Creek Entertainment, featuring all 51 episodes on a 6-disc set. There are no special feature or bonus extras ,but it set does come with a 24-page episode guide booklet. The series is also available on a Blu-ray Steelbook!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Blu-ray Review - Swamp Thing: The Complete Series (2019)

Available on Blu-ray and DVD!

Swamp Thing: The Complete Series will arriving on Blu-ray (+ Digital Code) and DVD today from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. There are no special features or bonus extras.

Based on the DC Comics series by Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson, Swamp Thing was created by Gary Dauberman and Mark Verheiden for the DC Universe streaming service. Originally, the first season was given an order of 13 episodes but it was later cut down to 10 episodes. Just after the season premiere aired on May 31, 2019, the series was canceled. While there hasn't been an official reason announced for the cancellation, it most likely had to do with the fact that the promised $40 million tax incentive from North Carolina turned out to be only $14 million.

Set in Marais, Louisiana, the series centers around CDC doctor Abby Arcane (played by Crystal Reed) returning to her hometown to investigate a deadly virus, dubbed the "Green Flu," that has infected several locals, including a young girl, Susie Coyle (played by Elle Graham). Shortly after her arrival, she meets Alec Holland (played by Andy Bean), a disgraced biologist who was hired by her adopted father, Avery Sunderland (played by Will Patton), to study the marsh. After being attacked by Sutherland's hired hands, Alec is shot and left to die in the swamp. The swamp mutates Alec into a plant-like creature — Swamp Thing (played by Derek Mears)

The rest of the cast includes Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Beals, Kevin Durand, and Ian Ziering.

Final Thoughts

After binge-watching all 10 episodes of Swamp Thing over the weekend, I wish the series had continued with a second season. Sure, there are many problems with the story, which I'll get to in a minute, but overall I enjoyed watching it.

Derek Mears gives a great performance as Swamp Thing, who should have been the center character but instead was forced into the background while secondary characters took the spotlight. Crystal Reed does an alright job playing Dr. Abby Acrane but the writers spent too much time focusing on her story arc.

The big baddie, Dr. Anton Arcane, from the '80s Swamp Thing movies and the '90s television series doesn't appear in this adaptation. In his replacement is Avery Sunderland (played by Will Patton) and Dr. Jason Woodrue (played by Kevin Durand), which their characters were left in limbo thanks to the series cancellation.

The Blue Devil subplot was poorly written and felt pointless, especially when you add in Ian Ziering's bad acting.

The picture and sound qualities for all the episodes on the 2-disc set were topnotch. It would have been nice if there were a few special features.

Overall, despite some storytelling problems, Swamp Thing had the potential to improve if the series was allowed to continue. Here's hoping Swamp Thing: The Complete Series does well enough on Blu-ray and DVD so it won't be the last time we see the Swamp Thing on-screen.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide 2019: The Curse of Oak Island: The First Six Seasons

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The Curse Of Oak Island: The First Six Seasons

Relive every discovery from the very beginning when the smash hit HISTORY® series The Curse of Oak Island: The First Six Seasons (Lionsgate; $59.98; 65 hrs 41 mins) arrives on DVD December 10th from Lionsgate. Uncover every mystery hidden on the historic island right alongside treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina as you gear up for the series’ seventh season. The Curse of Oak Island: The First Six Seasons 23-disc collection will be available for the suggested retail price of $59.98. 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

DVD Review: Pan Am: The Complete Series

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Does anyone remember the television drama Pan Am airing on ABC in 2011?

Hopefully, I'm not the only person in the world that had never of this series. Well, that is until Mill Creek Entertainment released Pan Am: The Complete Series on DVD back in August, featuring all 14 episodes on a 2-dsic set.

Created by Jack Orman, the series is set in the 1963 and centers around around four stewardesses - Maggie, Laura, Colette, and Kate - who all work on international flights coming from New York City.

Maggie (played by Christina Ricci) returns to work as a"purser" after being suspended for not wearing a girdle. Kate and Laura are sisters. Kate (played by Kelli Garner) helped her sister become a stewardess after Laura (played by Margot Robbie) had left her fiance at the alter. Just prior to her first assignment, Laura is featured on the cover of of Life magazine wearing her Pan Am uniform, which instantly makes her a celebrity. Lastly, Colette (played by Karine Vanasse) became an orphan during the German occupation of France and now, as an adult, works as a stewardesses.

Final Thoughts

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Saturday Morning Nostalgia: Ultra Q & Ultraman Blu-ray Steelbooks

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I bet many adults who grew up in the '90s believe the Power Rangers was the first Kaiju American television series, when in fact the Mighty Morphin team is based on the Japanese franchise Super Sentai that began in 1975, and, no, it wasn't the first series to feature giant monsters. Way back in 1966, there was a Japanese children series called Ultra Q that included monsters causing chaos in Japan.

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Produced by Tsuburaya Productions from special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya (co-creator of Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra for Toho Studios), Ultra Q was an X-Files-like 24-minute series about a group of supernatural investigators - Mainichi Shimpo photojournalist Yuriko Edogawa (played by Hiroko Sakurai), Hoshikawa Airlines pilot/SF writer Jun Manjome (Kenji Sahara) and his co-pilot Ippei Togawa (Yasuhiko Saijo) - who investigate mysterious events that occur in and near Japan.

Despite only 28 episodes being produced, Ultra Q was a big hit and spawned the Ultraman franchise.

Ultra Q: The Complete Series (Not Rated; 11hrs 56mins; $49.98) was released on a 4-Dsic Blu-ray SteelBook set on October 15 from Mill Creek Entertainment featuring a 24-page Information and Episode Guide booklet. A Digital Code comes with the set that can only redeemed on or on the movieSPREE app. There are no special features or bonus extras.

FYI: Ultra Q is also available to buy on a standard Blu-ray set.

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Ultraman: The Complete Series (Not Rated; 16hrs 28mins; $49.98) was also released on a Blu-ray Steelbook on October 15th from Mill Creek Entertainment featuring all 39 episodes on a 5-disc set as well as a 24-page Information and an Episode Guide booklet. It comes with a Digital Code that can only be redeemed on movieSPREE. There are no special features or bonus extras.

FYI: Ultraman is also available to buy on a standard Blu-ray set.

The series involves Ultraman, a giant alien from the Land of Light in Nebula M78, chasing a space monster into the Earth's atmosphere when he accidentally collides into a Jet VTOL piloted by Hayata, a member of the Science Special Search Party (SSSP), an international research and defense agency that protects Earth against aliens. To prevent Hayata from dying, Ultraman merges his life force with him, which means when the world is in danger from a giant monster, Hayata will become Ultraman to defend humankind.

Mill Creek Entertainment will be releasing more DVD and Blu-rays from the Ultraman franchise in near feature starting with Ultraman Orb: The Complete Series & Movie and Ultraman Geed: The Complete Series & Movie later this month. More releases will follow in the Spring and Summer of 2020.

Final Thoughts