Television

The Midnight Special

The Midnight Special

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Today, producer Burt Sugarman’s late night musical variety show, The Midnight Special (NBC, 1973-1981), arrives on DVD in three configurations from StarVista Entertainment/Time Life. Featuring select performances from some of the biggest stars of music and comedy, StarVista/Time Life’s 11-Disc Midnight Special Collector’s Edition set features nearly ten hours of live music; an entire disc […]

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The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season

| August 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Let this review serve as a rallying cry to anyone who was so disillusioned by The Walking Dead’s abysmal third season that they felt compelled to abandon the series altogether, an impulse I understand all-too-well. After all, I was one of those devoted viewers who decided to tune out, and frankly I wasn’t alone. While […]

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Toriko: Collection One

Toriko: Collection One

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I first heard about Toriko, I swore I’d have none of it. There was no way it could possibly work. I’d only be wasting my time. I mean, a fighting anime centered on food? That’s a bit of a stretch. Yet, here I am, a devout Toriko fan, and I’ll be damned if I’m […]

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NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby

NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

It should be clear from the beginning that NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby isn’t an attempt to remake Roman Polanski’s seminal 1968 film, but rather, to bring both productions’ source material, Ira Levin’s novel of the same name, into the 21st century. Taking that into account, Rosemary’s Baby is complicated, as the temptation to compare the novel, […]

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Baseball’s Seasons: The 1980′s

Baseball’s Seasons: The 1980′s

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ah, the 80’s. Spandex, AquaNet, Mtv, Alf, He-Man, Reagan. What a decade. With all of the amazing pop culture and political upheaval in the U.S. and the world alike, baseball was a shining beacon of hope in what felt like a hopeless period (see: The Cold War). With exciting pennant races, career milestones, and moments […]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Classics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Classics

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series ended in 1996, and my copy of Microsoft Word still doesn’t recognize cowabunga as a real word.  Personally, I blame Michael Bay for this.  The series, which defined my childhood is no stranger to modern audiences, who have seen the mutant turtles adapted into various live-action, animated, video […]

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Black Dynamite: Season One

Black Dynamite: Season One

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Adapting a film to a television series is always a tricky proposition. When the film in question is a beloved cult favorite–such as Black Dynamite, the 2009 film that did for 70s Blaxploitation what Wet Hot American Summer did for early-80s Summer Camp movies–pulling off an effective series becomes even more difficult. What is it […]

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Duck Dynasty – Season 5

Duck Dynasty – Season 5

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mostly I want to take this opportunity to weigh in on this series, which has become a cultural phenomenon over the last couple of years.  I have been sporadically exposed to the series recently because I have friends who watch it and my parents are fans, and while I do find the show to be […]

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Regular Show: The Complete Third Season

Regular Show: The Complete Third Season

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Regular Show is a series that kids love—mine sure does anyway.  Sure, it’s a show about a blue jay and a raccoon who work at a park for a gumball machine man, but most of the humor is honestly going to hit the grown-ups in the audience much harder than it will the children, especially […]

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Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultra Defenders

Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultra Defenders

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Looking back on my review of the first DVD volume of Power Rangers Megaforce, my frustrations with this particular iteration of Power Rangers are obvious and, I think, understandable. In a series like Power Rangers that shifts characters and narrative focus every season or two, the producers should really strive to raise the stakes from […]

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