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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide: Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Collection

Mill Creek Entertainment; Amazon

During my childhood I would watch one or two older movies on AMC (before they had commercials) every weekend, which a few of my favorites were the Blondie & Dagwood films, Tarzan serials, and the Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis comedies. Besides from the Blondie films, the others are hardly ever aired on cable anymore, but luckily for me most of them are available to own on DVD.

Early this year, Mill Creek Entertainment released the Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Collection (Not Rated; 29 hours 18 minutes; $29.98), which contains three separate releases -  Comedy Triple Feature with Jerry Lewis, Comedy Double Feature with Dean Martin, and Televisions Greatest Comedy Tea with Marty & Lewis.

Comedy Triple Feature with Jerry Lewis features the following films:

  • Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1967; G) - Jerry Lewis stars as George Lester, an American con artist who married a rich British woman. After turning his wife's home into casino, she threatens to leave him, so he comes up with a scheme to win her back.
  • Hook, Line & Sinker (1969; G) Jerry Lewis stars as Peter Ingersoll, a former insurance salesman who believes he doesn't have much time to live. He maxes out his credit cards and takes a fishing trip.
  • Three on a Couch (1966; Not Rated) Jerry Lewis stars as Christopher Pride, a businessman who is soon to be moving to Paris for a year. He wants his fiance Dr. Elizabeth Acord (played by Janet Leigh) to go with him, but she is dedicated to three of her patients, who are all single women with relationship troubles. He takes it upon himself to get each of her patients to fall in love with him, so they will no longer need Elizabeth as their shrink.

Comedy Double Feature with Dean Martin features the following movies:

  • Who Was That Lady? (1959; Not Rated) - The film involves Dean Martin helping his best friend David (played by Tony Curtis) come up with an outrageous excuse to explain to his wife (played by Janet Leigh) why he was kissing a younger woman in his office.
  • How To Save A Marriage And Ruin Your Life (1967; Not Rated) - Dean Martin plays David Sloane, who is best friends with Harry Hunter (played by Eli Wallach). Harry has been having affair for quite some time, but wants to put end to the relationship to help save his marriage. This is where David decides to do him a favor by giving Harry's mistress a better offer. However, due to a misunderstanding David ends up wooing the wrong the woman.

Television Greatest Comedy Team Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis contains over 20 hours of their performances from the Colgate Comedy Hour, a variety show that aired from 1950 to 1955. Guest stars include Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny, Dorothy Dandridge, Burt Lancaster, and Rosemary Clooney.

Final Thoughts

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

DVD Review: The Resident: The Complete Season One

Fox; 615 mins; Not Rated; Amazon
The last thing network television needs is another medical drama, as there are already way too many of them, but here I am writing a review for The Resident: The Complete Season One DVD, which was recently released by Fox Home Entertainment. There are no special features or extras on the three-disc set.

Created by Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore, and Roshan Sethi, the series stars Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Bruce Greenwood, Moran Atias, Merrin Dungey, and Melina Kanakaredes.

The series centers around the medical staff at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Manish Dayal plays Devon Pravesh, a first-year medical intern who is assigned to a third-year resident internist, Conrad Hawkin (played by Matt Czuchry).

Hawkins is a hot-head doctor, who wants Pravesh to do exactly as he says to do. He's a little bit of a risk-taker, but he also cares very deeply for each one of his patients. When he's not attending to his patients, he's trying to get his ex, nurse practitioner Nicolette "Nic" Nevin (played by Emily VanCamp), to take him back. He also likes to bunt head with the chief of surgery, Randolph Bell (played by Bruce Greenwood), an aging doctor who will do anything to keep his position at the hospital.

Episodes on the DVD set include:
  • Disc 1
    • Pilot
    • Independence Day
    • Comrades in Arms
    • Identity Crisis
  • Disc 2
    • None the Wiser
    • No Matter the Cost
    • The Elopement
    • Family Affair
    • Love Lost
  • Disc 3
    • Haunted
    • And the Nurses Get Screwed...
    • Rude, Awakenings and the Raptor
    • Run, Doctor, Run
    • Total Eclipse of the Heart

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Blu-ray Review: Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete Collection

Lionsgate; Not Rated; 14 hrs 20 mins; Amazon
Arriving on Blu-ray & DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment on October 16th is Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete Collection, featuring all 30 episodes on a six-disc set.

Based on the characters created by Sam Raimi, the series is a sequel to the original Evil Dead trilogy with Bruce Campbell returning as Ash Williams, who once battled the evil forces of the Necronomicon.

For the last 30 years, Ash hasn't done too much with his life. He still works as a stock boy, smokes pot, flirts with almost any woman in his sight, and he still drives the old Delta. Late one night, he smokes Marijuana with a hooker and accidentally reads from the Necronomicon, which unleashes the evil Deadites upon Michigan.

This time Ash doesn't have to fight the Deadites alone, as he teams up with his young co-workers Pablo and Kelly (played by Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo) to become an unlikely demon hunting trio. They must stop an immortal being named Ruby (played by Lucy Lawless), who happens to be the creator of the Necronomicon, from unleashing more Deadites.

Season Two brings Ash, Pablo, and Kelly out of demon hunting retirement after the Deadites attack them. This leads them to travel to Ash's hometown of Elk Grove, where they meet his grumpy father (played by Lee Majors). It seems the entire town still blames Ash for the brutal murders of his sister, girlfriend, and two friends that occurred over thirty years ago. He told everyone the Deadites had killed them, but nobody believed him. Well, they're going to have no choice but to believe him when Ruby's Deadites wreck havoc all over town, which eventually leads Ash to time travel to 1982 before he originally encountered the Necronomicon.

Ash met his teenager daughter Brandy (played by Arielle Carver-O'Neill) during the third and final season. And he also meets his identical evil spawn that was created by Ruby, who is once again trying to kill Ash and pals.

Blu-ray Special Features include:
  • Season One
    • Inside the World of "Ash vs Evil Dead"
    • How to Kill a Deadite
    • Best of Ash
    • Audio Commentaries
  • Season Two
    • Season 2 First Look
    • Inside the World of "Ash vs Evil Dead"
    • Up Your Ash
    • Women Who Kick Ash
    • Puppets Are Cute
    • Dawn Of The Spawn
    • Bringing Henrietta Back
    • The Delta
    • How To Kill A Deadite
    • Fatality Mash-up
    • Audio Commentaries
  • Season Three
    • Season Overview
    • Inside the World of "Ash vs Evil Dead"
    • Audio Commentaries

Monday, October 1, 2018

DVD Review: The Gifted: The Complete First Season

Fox; 569 mins; Amazon

Available now on DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is The Gifted: The Complete First Season, featuring all 13 episodes from the 2017-2018 series.

Created by Max Nix, The Gifted is set in the X-Men film universe, but in an an alternate timeline where the all of the X-Men have vanished. All that is left is an underground network of mutants, who are being chased down by the Sentinel Services agency.

The series stars, Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Amy Acker (Suits), Natalie Alyn Lind (The Goldbergs) and Percy Hynes White (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb) as the Strucker family. Also featured in the series are Sean Teale (Voltron) as Eclipse/Marcos Diaz; Jamie Chung (Gotham) as Blink/Clarice Fong; Emma Dumont (Pretty Little Liars) as Polaris/ Lorna Dane; Blair Redford (CSI) as Thunderbird/John Proudstar; and Coby Bell (The Game) as Sentinel Services Agent Jace Turner.

The Gifted centers around Reed and Caitlin Strucker, a husband and wife who are trying to protect their mutant children, Lauren and Andy, from being taken by the Sentinel Services, which is lead by Jace Turner. The Strucker family takes refuge with an underground network of mutants, which consists of Sonya Simonson (Dreamer), John Proudstar (Thunderbird), Marcos Diaz (Eclipse), Lorna Dane (Polaris), and Clarice Fong (Blink).

While the mutants aren't outrunning the Sentinels and their robots, they must find a way to stop Roderick Campbell (played by Garret Dillahunt), a military researcher who is obsessed with capturing the Strucker children. To make matters even worse, the Hellfire Club is slowly rebuilding their mutant army against humanity.

Final Thoughts

Monday, September 24, 2018

Masters of Sex: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review

Mill Creek Ent., TV-MA; 43 hrs. 44 mins; $69.98

Now available on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment is Masters of Sex: The Complete Series, featuring all 46 episodes from the 2013-2016 Showtime series.

Developed by Michelle Ashford, the series is inspired loosely based on the non-fiction book Masters of Sex by Thomas Maier, which was based on the real-life Masters and Johnson research team. The series stars Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald, Teddy Sears, Nicholas D'Agosto, and Annaleigh Ashford.

Set in the 1950s to the late 1960s in St. Louis, Missouri, the series centers around Dr. William Masters (played by Michael Sheen), a gynecologist at the Washington University who is obsessed with studying sex, which at the time there was no official research on the subject. Despite objections from Provost Barton Scully (played by Bea Bridges), Dr. Masters begins his research outside the office, which involves looking through a peephole while a prostitute, Betty Dimello (played by Annaleigh Ashford), is with her clients.

Eventually, Dr. Masters persuades Scully to let him begin his sex study at the university. Believing his current secretary isn't up to the task to search for volunteers for the study, he hires Virginia Johnson (played by Lizzy Caplan), who quickly becomes his assistant and later his research partner.

Life was a little different back then, so the subject of "sex" was a little taboo and so was Masters and Johnson's research. Throughout the series, Masters worked at three different hospitals before opening up his own independent research institution with Johnson. Masters and Johnson would later co-write the book Human Sexual Response.

Bonus Features include:
  • NEW Commentary on the Pilot with actors Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald, Teddy Sears, writer Michelle Ashford, & executive producer Sarah Timberman
  • Over 40 minutes of Deleted Scenes
  • Making Masters of Sex
  • A Masterful Portrayal: Michael Sheen as Dr. Masters
  • NEW Ahead of Her Time: Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson
  • NEW The Real Masters: A Conversation with Thomas Maier
  • NEW Surprising Facts About Sex: The Masters’ Great Discoveries
  • The History of Sex
  • NEW The Women of Sex
  • NEW The Men of Sex: Actors’ Roundtable

Final Thoughts

Friday, September 21, 2018

DVD Review: MacGyver: Season Two

Lionsgate; 16hrs 19 mins;$29.98

Available now on DVD from CBS Television Studio and Lionsgate Home Entertainment is MacGyver: Season 2, featuring all 23 episodes from the 2017-2018 season.

Based on the 1985-1992 series of the same name created by Lee David Zlotoff, the reboot stars Lucas Till, George Eads, Tristin Mays, Justin Hires and Meredith Eaton. Unlike the original series, the new series is less MacGyver and more like Mission: Impossible, with the title character being one member of the Phoenix Foundation team. 

The first episode of the second season (DIY or DIE) centers around MacGyver (played by Lucas Till) coming to a dead end on the hunt to find his missing father. However, he does find his father's watch, which could hold clues to his location. As the season unfolds, MacGyver begins to believe his boss, Matilda "Matty" Webber (played by Meredith Eaton), is somehow involved with his father's disappearance.

Meanwhile, the team is still on the hunt for the escaped assassin Murdoc (played by David Dastmalchian), who is terrorizing them throughout the season. Also, MacGyver and his team travel around the world stopping terrorist, thieves, and other baddies.

Special Features include:
  • "MacGyver" in Cuba
  • Saving the Day: Season 2
  • "MacGyver": Special & Visual Effects
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes

Final Thoughts

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Happy Endings: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review

Mill Creek Ent.; 20 hrs 20 mins; TV-14; $49.98

Many short-lived television sitcoms have never gotten released to DVD; let alone, many series never get released to Blu-ray, but that isn't the case with the 2011-2013  ABC comedy series Happy Endings. The series received "the complete series" DVD and Blu-ray treatment last month, courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment.

Created by David Caspe, the series is set in Chicago and is  centered around the breakup of Alex (played by Elisha Cuthbert) and Dave (played by Zachary Knighton) on their wedding day, which changed the lives of their friends - Alex's older sister, Jane (played by Elia Coupe), Jane's husband, Brad (played by Damon Wayans Jr.), Dave's soon-to-be roommate, Max (played by Adam Pally), and Penny (played by Casey Wilson).

Similar to How I Met Your Mother and Friends, Happy Endings follows the dysfunctional adventure of six best friends. After the breakup with Alex, Dave moves in with his gay friend Max. Later, he quits his job and starts a food truck business. "Ditzy" Alex owns a clothing boutique called Xela (Alex spelled backwards). Jane is a control-freak who wants the perfect suburban life. Brad is always trying way too hard to prove he is still manly. Penny is always on the lookout for her future husband. And Max is the gang's unemployed freeloading slob, though he does start his own limo driving service during season two.

Special Features on the Blu-ray set include:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Parodies
  • Cast Interviews

Final Thoughts

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Counterpart: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review

Lionsgate; Not Rated; 9 hrs 17 mins; Amazon

I have spent the last two nights binge watching Counterpart: The Complete Season Blu-ray, which arrived in stores this week from Lionsgate. It's also being released to DVD.

The pilot episode debuted on Starz in December 2017, but the series didn't officially begin until late January 2018. Despite low-ratings, the series has garnered high praises from critics.

Created by Justin Marks, the series centers around Howard Sink (played by J. K. Simmons), a kindhearted man working for the United Nations agency called the Office of Interchange in Berlin. His life is very simple, he goes to work, visits his comatose wife at the hospital, goes home, and repeats the cycle. After being denied a promotion, he meets his doppelganger who is also named Howard (or otherwise known as Howard Prime).

Howard (also known as Howard Alpha) learns that during the the latter years of the Cold War, the East Germans created a portal to a parallel universe in the basement of a building that would later become the Office of Interchange headquarters. An assassin from the Prime World named Baldwin (played by Sara Serraiocco) is loose in the Alpha World with a kill list. One of the people on that list happens to be Howard's wife, Emily (played by Olivia Williams).

Howard Prime is a field agent who retrieves anyone who goes rogue and crosses over to the Alpha World. To protect his wife, Howard Alpha switches places with Howard Prime. Though he has strict orders to stay inside Howard Prime's apartment, Howard Alpha ventures outside and intertwines with a life that doesn't belong to him.

Both Howards must work together to stop their worlds from going to war.

Special Features on the Blu-ray set include Season Outlook and Inside the World "Counterpart."

Final Thoughts

Monday, July 2, 2018

Secrets and Lies: Season One DVD Review

Mill Creek Ent., TV-14; 7 hours 7 minutes; $24.98

Back during my pre-teen and teenage years, I would watch almost any new television series. As I've gotten older, my interests have changed greatly; to the point that I hardly watch any programs that air on network television. Many of today's scripted series are poorly written and all the so-called reality shows don't appeal to me. So if there's a good series, normally, it goes completely under my radar, which exactly what happened with Secrets and Lies.

Based on the Australian series of the same name, Secrets and Lies is an anthology series that aired for two seasons on ABC from 2015 to 2016. Season One arrived on DVD for the first time from Mill Creek Entertainment last year, featuring 10 episodes on a two-disc set. There are no special features or extras on the DVD.

The first season begins with Ben Crawford (played by Ryan Phillippe), a self-employed contractor, who stumbles upon the body of a five-year-old boy while jogging through the woods early one morning. It turns out that the boy is Tom, the son of his neighbors, Jessica (played by Natalie Martinez) and her estranged husband Scott. With Ben suffering from memory loss from the night before, he becomes the prime suspect in Tom's death; especially, in the eyes of Detective Andrea Cornell (played by Juliette Lewis), who becomes obsessed with solving the case.

After DNA test results confirm that Ben is Tom's biological father, his wife Christy (played by KaDee Strickland) and their daughters, Natalie and Abby (played by Indiana Evans and Belle Shouse), along with the media, begin to believe he's the killer! With no other choice, Ben begins his own investigation in the hoping of clearing his name.

Final Thoughts

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Astronaut Wives Club: The Complete Series DVD Review

Mill Creek Ent., TV-PG; 720 minutes; $24.98

I don't watch very many series that air on network television that aren't comic book related, so many shows go completely under my radar. This probably explains why I never heard of The Astronaut Wives Club, which aired as a 10-part limited series on ABC in the summer of 2015. I only heard about the series when Mill Creek Entertainment made the announcement last year about the complete series DVD release.

Based on the novel of the same name by Lily Koppel, and developed by Lily Koppel, the series stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Yvonne Starhovski, Zoe Boyle, Dominique McElligott, Odette Annable, and Erin Cummings.

There series centers around the wives of the Mercury Seven, a.k.a. - America's first group of astronaut (Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton).

There are no special features or extras on the two-discs set.

Final Thoughts

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Harts of the West: The Complete Series DVD Review

Mill Creek Ent.; Not Rated; 671 minutes

There are many one-season wonders that I loved to watch during my childhood, such as The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., American Gothic, Kindred: The Embraced, and The Lone Gunmen. Despite each one only running for a single season, all of these series are available on DVD. Now available on DVD & Digital from Mill Creek Entertainment is the 1993 comedy-drama Harts of the West, which is another television series that I remember watching when I was kid.

Created by Robert Moloney, Harts of the West starred Beau Bridges, Harley Jane Kozak, Sean Murray, Stephen Root, Talisa Soto, and Lloyd Bridges (Beau's father). The series aired on CBS on Saturday nights in between Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Walker, Texas Ranger.

Harts of the West centered on Dave Hart (played by Beau Bridges) having a midlife crises after having a heart attack. He quits his jobs and moves his family to Sholo, Nevada to live on the Flying Tumbleweed Dude Ranch. Upon purchasing the ranch, Dave believed he was receiving a riveting business, but instead all he got was a run down property. Included with the ranch is a hired hand named Jake Terrel (played by Lloyd Bridges). Despite the Hart family's disappointment with their new home, they attempt to fix up their homestead and somehow make a business out of the old ranch.

All 15 episodes are on the two-disc set. There are no special features or bonus extras. However, it does come with a digital code that can be redeemed at

Final Thoughts

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Sheena: Queen of the Jungle Collection DVD Review

PG; 29 hours 25 minutes; $14.98

I think I need to have my head examined, as I could of sworn that I had already written a review for Sheena: Queen of the Jungle Collection DVD set, but to my own dismay, I was completely wrong.

Anyway, the Sheena: Queen of the Jungle Collection DVD set was released to DVD last fall by Mill Creek Entertainment. The six disc set features the 1984 feature film Sheena and all 35 episodes from the 2000-2002 series. As added bonus, there are five episodes from the 1955-1956 series Sheena: Queen of the Jungle.

Created by Will Eisner and Jerry Iger, Sheena first debuted as a comic book character in by Fiction House during the late 1930s. The character was basically the female version of Tarzan. Sheena was forced to grow up in the African jungle after her parents were killed. she has the ability to communicate with animals, and spends most her time saving the jungle from bad guys.

Sheena was turned into a short-lived television series starring model Irish McCalla, which wasn't well received by critics or viewers. Sheena wouldn't get a feature film movie until 1984's Sheena, which was directed by John Guillermin and starred Tanya Roberts as the queen of the jungle. Despite a decent budget, the film was held down by a campy, uneven script. Upon it's release, it became a critical and box-office flop. It was even nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards! However, like most films from the 1980s, Sheena has found a cult following over the years.

Sheena was revived as a television series in 2000 starring Gena Lee Nolin, but thanks to cheap special effects, bad scripts, and wooden acting, the series only lasted two seasons.

Final Thoughts

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Marvel's Jessica Jones: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review

Marvel/ABC Studios; 667 minutes; TV-MA; Amazon
Despite the little fact that I have reviewed a few comic books and graphic novels on here over the years, I don't really follow the comic book world. I've never even heard of the Marvel character Jessica Jones until the live-action web series was released to NETFLIX.

Jessica Jones: The Complete First Season arrived on Blu-ray (as well as DVD) last month, featuring all 13 episodes. Similar to the Daredevil Blu-ray releases, there are no special features or extras on the four-disc set.

Based on the character created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, the series centers on a private detective named Jessica Jones (played by Krysten Ritter), who happens to have superhuman strength and has the ability to fly (well, sorta). She spends her day running her Alias Investigations business out of her apartment.

After learning about a young woman named Hope (played by Erin Moriarty) who murdered her parents, Jessica begins to believe that her old nemesis Kilgrave (played by David Tennant) has returned, the man who almost destroyed her life. Kilgrave has the ability to control anyone's mind, which is how he had previously met Jessica.

With the help of her adopted sister Trish (played by Rachael Taylor), her neighbor Malcolm (played by Eka Darville), and a bartender named Luke Cage (played by Mike Colter), Jessica plans on putting a stop to Kilgrave's reign of terror.

Episode titles includes:

AKA Ladies Night
AKA Crush Syndrome
AKA It's Called Whiskey
AKA 99 Friends
AKA The Sandwich Saved Me
AKA You're A Winner!
AKA Top Shelf Perverts
AKA Sin Bin
AKA 1,000 Cuts
AKA I've Got The Blues
AKA Take A Bloody Number
AKA Smile

Monday, September 18, 2017

Marvel's Daredevil: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review

NETFLIX/ABC Studios; 701 minutes; TV-MA
Now available on Blu-ray from Marvel Television and ABC Studios is the NETFLIX's original series Marvel's Daredevil: The Complete Second Season, featuring 13 episodes on a 3-disc set. There are no special features or bonus extras.

Based on the comic book series created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, Daredevil centers on a blind lawyer named Matt Murdock (played by Charlie Cox). Thanks to his enhanced senses, he's able to see things normal people don't, even though he's blind. He uses his abilities to fight crime at night in Hell's Kitchen.

The second season begins with Matt continuing his quest to clean up the streets of Hell's Kitchen, which is being taken over by the Irish Mob and Cartels. After the Irish mob are are gunned down by Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, (played by Jon Bernthal), the lone survivor asks the law firm Nelson and Murdock for protection. Despite the fact that they can barely pay the bills, Nelson (played by Elden Henson) and Murdock's assistant/secretary (played by Deborah Ann Woll) agree to take the survivor as their client.

Meanwhile, Murdock/Daredevil tries to take down The Punisher before more people are killed, but it isn't as easy as he hoped it would be. To make matters even worse, an old flame Elektra Natchios (played by Élodie Yung) drops back into his life, as well as his mentor Stick (played by Scott Glenn), along with a few ninjas that are terrorizing the streets.

The 13 episode titles are:

Dogs to a Gunfight
New York's Finest
Penny and Dime
Regrets Only
Semper Fidelis
Guilty As Sin
Seven Minutes In Heaven
The Man In The Box
The Dark At The End Of The Tunnel
A Cold Day In Hell's Kitchen 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review: The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Seventh Season DVD

Warner Bros., Not Rated; 926 minutes

Is there one television series that is your guiltiest pleasure, even though it's not very good?

For me, this would The Vampire Diaries.

Loosely based on the young adult books by L.J. Smith, The Vampire Diaries debuted on the CW in 2009 and quickly gained a small following. While it was somewhat a Twilight Saga ripoff during it's first few seasons, the series has finally grown into it's own show.

Due to the Kansas City Royals going to the playoffs and then the World Series last year (which they won), I got behind on the seventh season of the series; so far behind that I eventually decided to just wait for the DVD to release to get caught up on the season.

While I do like the series, I have always believed it has been held back from being really good due it's lackluster scripts and the bland performance by Nina Dobrev as the main character, Elena Gilbert. Most fans threw a fit when she left at the end of the sixth season, but it didn't bother me one bit.

The seventh season has a different format to it. The first half of the season picks up a few months after the sixth season finale, where the Heretics have taken over Mystic Falls. These episodes normally end with a flash forward set three years into the future. The second half of the season, which mostly deals with the huntress plot, is set three years later (in the flash forward timeline), though there are a few flashbacks.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Empire: The Complete Second Season

TV-14; 788 minutes;$39.98; Amazon

Now available to own on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is Empire: The Complete Second Season, featuring all 18 episodes on a 5-disc set with 53 minutes of special features.

Created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, Empire is set in the hip hop music industry and centers on Lucious Lyon (played by Terrence Howard), a former drug dealer who is now the CEO of Empire Entertainment. After being diagnosis with ALS, he makes the decision to take one of his sons - Andre z(played by Trai Byers), Jamal (played by Jussie Smollett), and Hakeem (played by Bryshere Y. Gray) - under his wing, so one of them can one day take over the family business.

Then out of nowhere, Lucious's ex-wife Lucious' ex-wife Loretha "Cookie" Lyon (played by Tarji P. Henson) is released from prison after 17-years and she demands half of the company.

Season Two picks up three months after the first season finale, where Lucious was arrested. Sookie puts together a star-studded #FreeLucious concert in the hopes of freeing Lucious. Meanwhile Jamal attempts to take over the Empire, which puts a bigger drift between him and his brothers. All of this leads to Cookie, Andre and Hakeem launching their own record label called Lyon Dynasty.

Of course nothing will keep Lucious away from his family & business, and soon enough he is released on bail.

Special Features on 5-disc set are:

  • Empire around the Globe: USO Tour Freda Gatz Music Video
  • Studio Sessions
    • “Heavy”
    • “Never Love Again”
    • “Born to Lose”
    • “Do Something With It”
    • “Sorry Just Don’t Cut It”
    • “Supernatural”

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: How To Get Away With Murder: The Complete Second Season

TV-14; 645 minutes; $29.99; Amazon
Now available to buy on DVD from ABC Home Entertainment is How To Get Away With Murder: The Complete Second Season, featuring all 15 episodes on four discs. Bonus features includes Deleted Scenes and Bloopers.

Created by Peter Nowalk and produced by Shonda Rhimes, the series centers on Annalise Keating (played by Viola Davis), a criminal defense attorney who is also a law professor at Middleton University, where she enlists five law students - Wes Gibbins (played by Alfred Enoch), Connor Walsh (played by Jack Falahee), Michaela Pratt (played by Aja Naomi King), Asher Millstone (played by Matt McGorry), and Laurel Castillo (played by Karla Souza) - to be her interns.

The first season uses flash forward and flashback scenes to show the events that lead to the murders of Lila Stangard, the mistress of Annalise's husband, Sam, and Sam's murder which was caused by the interns.

The second season uses a similar formula with the first eight episodes using flash forward scenes and the final seven using flashbacks. The early episodes centers on Annalise taking on a new case despite the little fact that her lover is on trial for killing her husband. The case involves Caleb and Catherine Hapstall who are both accused of killing their adoptive patents.

Things take a twisted turn when the A.D.A. Emily Sinclair is murdered, and once again Annalise finds herself trying to cover up another murder.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Miami Vice Season One & Season Two

Not Rated; 1118 minutes; $14.98; Amazon; Mill Creek Ent.
While there are plenty of police procedures still on television, none of them are as action-packed as the 1984-1989 Miami Vice. Created by Anthony Yerkovich, the crime-drama starred Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas.

From 2005 thru 2007, Universal Studios Home Entertainment released individual season sets as well as a complete series set. Last month, Mill Creek Entertainment released Miami Vice: Season One and Miami Vice: Season Two DVD sets, featuring new cover arts for the DVD jackets. There are no special features or extras on the sets.

Miami Vice centered on Miami Vice Squad detective James "Sonny" Crockett (played by Don Johnson) who witnesses the death of his partner Eddie Rivera (played Jimmy Smits) while he was investigating the Colombian drug dealer, Esteban Calderone. He teams up with a a New York narcotics detective Rafael Tubbs (played by Phillip Michael Thomas) to help him take down Calderone. Tubbs has his own personal vendetta - to avenge his brother's death. By the end of the 96-minute pilot episode, Tubbs decides to join the "Southern Law Enforcement" as Crockett's new partner.

The series is famous for using a wide-range of popular music from the 80s as well as featuring sports cars,
boats, and stylish men's fashion. The show as also known for using brand name firearms and accessories. While the series was extremely popular with audiences, it was heavily criticized for the amount of violence that was featured in each episode.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Two Guys and a Girl: The Complete Series

Not Rated; approx. 2,500 minutes; $79.97; Amazon; Shout! Factory
Many short-lived television series have found new life thanks to DVD releases. Arriving on DVD from Shout! Factory for the first time in the United States on June 28th is Two Guys and a Girl: The Complete Series, featuring all 81 episodes on 11-discs. There are no special features or bonus extras.

Created by Danny Jacobson, Kenny Schwartz and Rick Wiener, the series was original titled "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" when it premiered on ABC as a mid-season replacement in 1998, consisting of 13 episodes.

The first season centered on three twenty-somethings best friends - the smart aleck Michael Leslie "Berg" Bergen (played by Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool), the neurotic Peter "Pete" Dunville (Richard Ruccolo, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and the beautiful Sharon Carter (Traylor Howard, Monk), who are all trying to fit into the real world after finishing college. Well, at least Sharon is; Berg has just been accepted to medical school and Pete has a few more months of graduate school left. In the meantime, the guys are working at Beacon Street Pizza, which is owned by Bill (played by Julius Carry). Rounding out the rest of the cast was David Ogden Stiers as Mr. Bauer and Jennifer Westfeldt as Pete's girlfriend, Melissa.

There were many changes for the second season, and only the characters Pete, Sharon and Berg returned, the others were dropped from the series and never mentioned again. Two recurring characters were added to the series, Sharon's boyfriend (and later husband) Johnny (played by Nathan Fillion, Castle) and Berg's love interest Ashley (played by Suzanne Cryer, Silicon Valley). Later in the season, Pete's cat-crazy neighbor and stalker, Irene (played by Jillian Bach, Courting Alex), appeared in her first two episodes.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Review: Knight Rider: Season 1 & Season 2

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Not Rated; 1070 minutes; $14.98; Mill Creek Ent.; Amazon

Television in the 1980s was full of action-adventures, and one of the most popular series was the Knight Rider. Created by Glen A. Larson, the series debuted on NBC in 1982 and aired for four seasons. It started David Hasselhoff as Michael Long , a cop who was injured in an undercover operation. He was saved by Wilton Knight, the founder of the Foundation for Law and Government (FLAG), who gives Michael a new face and identity - Michael Knight.

After Wilton died, Michael is recruited to be the field officer of FLAG, where he would team up with Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT), an armored Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with an artificial intelligence computer that happens to talk (voiced by William Daniels). Michael and KITT travels around the country helping those in need, as well as going on missions assigned by FLAG's leader, Devon Miles (played by Edward Mulhare). 

Universal Studios Home Entertainment released all fours seasons on DVD several years, and now this month Mill Creek Entertainment is releasing with the first two seasons on DVD with new cover jackets. There are no special features or extras on either season sets.

Knight Rider: Season 1 contains all 22-episodes, including the 97-minute pilot, Knight of the Phoenix. The episodes are spread across 4 discs. This season also contains the fan-favorite episode, Trust Doesn't Rust, which introduced the evil prototype KARR (Knight Automated Roving Robot) (Voiced by Peter Cullen).