TV on DVD

Rogue: Season 2

Rogue: Season 2

| May 14, 2015

I honestly had no idea Direct TV had original programming.  I don’t know if that’s a symptom of not having Direct TV or just the show’s unpopularity, but I guess it doesn’t surprise me given every media outlet has original programming these days (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime).  Even the playstation network has an original drama […]

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Welcome to Sweden: Season 1

Welcome to Sweden: Season 1

| May 14, 2015

Created by and starring Greg Poehler, and executive produced by his sister, Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Welcome to Sweden is about an accountant leaving his life in Los Angeles to move in with his girlfriend (Josephine Bornebusch) in Sweden.  What happens next makes for an extremely conventional sitcom pretending to be original because its […]

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Broadchurch: The Compete Second Season

Broadchurch: The Compete Second Season

| May 12, 2015

When I wrote in my review of Chris Chibnall’s ITV series Broadchurch’s first season that it left me wishing I had had more of this mystery to marathon right there and then, I don’t quite think I was hoping for the sort of experience that the series’ second season would provide. I don’t mean this […]

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The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show

The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show

| May 12, 2015

Three televised retrospectives from the 1990’s comprise the bulk of the material in StarVista Entertainment/Time Life’s 6-DVD collector’s set: The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show. The Carol Burnett-hosted “Unforgettable Performances” (1991), the “All-Star Comedy Special” (1995) with Mary Tyler Moore, and the Smothers Brothers-hosted “50th Anniversary Special” offer viewers a celebratory Ed Sullivan nostalgia […]

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Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption

Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption

| April 7, 2015

As a fan of the 2003-2006 Cartoon Network Teen Titans series, I approached Teen Titans Go! with enormous skepticism rather than excitement. After all, I saw Batman go from the seminal Batman: The Animated Series to the in many ways equally significant Batman Beyond, only to then get the occasionally chuckle-worthy, yet largely unimpressive Batman: The […]

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The Rose of Versailles: Part 2

The Rose of Versailles: Part 2

| April 5, 2015

Set in the years leading up to the French Revolution, the twenty episodes collected in Nozomi Entertainment’s release of The Rose of Versailles: Part 1 set the stage for the people’s uprising, establishing Marie Antoinette’s naiveté as a ruler and the people’s unrest as the nobility flourished amidst the commoners’ starvation. The series’ final twenty […]

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Space Dandy Season 1 Limited Edition Review (Funimation Exclusive)

Space Dandy Season 1 Limited Edition Review (Funimation Exclusive)

| March 2, 2015

When it was announced last year that Shinichiro Watanabe’s return to the genre that made him famous, anime fans around the world were rejoicing. Cowboy Bebop was a worldwide phenomenon, one that has showcased what the anime medium is capable of, in the highest degree and here Watanabe is, placing Space Dandy in the same […]

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One Piece Season Six, Voyages Two and Three

One Piece Season Six, Voyages Two and Three

| February 17, 2015

Season six of One Piece is in full effect, as the Straw Hat Pirates fend for themselves against Gekko Moria and his massive island ship, Thriller Bark. Having stolen their shadows, Moria has plans to have them stuffed into zombies, in order to use their power to make himself the King of Pirates. As they […]

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Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Silver Warrior

Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Silver Warrior

| February 10, 2015

Lionsgate’s second home video release of Power Rangers Super Megaforce collects the 5th through 8th episodes of Power Rangers’ 21st season (including “Samurai Surprise,” “Soul of the Tiger,” “Silver Lining” and “Silver Lining, Part Two”). Like the Super Megaforce release before it, the Silver Warrior DVD is presented barebones, entirely bereft of special features. However, the […]

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Maison Close

Maison Close

| February 10, 2015

Watching Maison Close, I couldn’t help but be reminded of one of my favorite movies, Brotherhood of the Wolf.  In that French film, an important plot point involves the heroes – taking a break from karate chopping and drop-kicking eighteenth century peasants – visiting a brothel.  The lead courtesan is an Italian played by Monica […]

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