ABC’s Quantico was one of the few breakout hits that came out of 2015’s season of trainwrecks. So it’s baffling to me that the folks at ABC Home Video went cheap and only release the amazing S1 on DVD but not give us crisp Blu-ray set. The show is beautifully shot and standard definition does it a disservice. Quantico The Complete First Season on DVD hits the streets 09/12/16.
TNT is one of my favorite cable channels. They suck you in with Law and Order re-runs and then hit you with their original procedural dramas like The Closer, Rizzoli and Isles, etc. They had a hole to fill with the departure of The Closer, so they turned to a new, surprise, procedural called Perception staring Eric McCormack and Rachael Leigh Cook. Its largely successful inaugural 10-episode run is now available on DVD. Perception was created by Kenneth Biller and Michael Sussman – the folks behind several of my favorite TV Shows: Smallville, Star Trek Voyager and Legend of the Seeker (a show that ended before its time).
With all of the hoopla over this weekend’s release of Man of Steel, Amazon has lowered the price on last year’s Smallville the The Complete Series boxed set. I’ve had my eye on this set for the last 8 months and this week it was finally on sale for an irresistible price.
It was the Eighties, a time when beautiful housewives with big hair were too busy getting into escapades with handsome spies with manly names to worry about being desperate! It was a time when shows with a touch of innocence to them like Scarecrow and Mrs. King ruled the network ratings.
Amanda King (Kate Jackson) is a suburbanite widow with two young sons Jamie (Greg Morton) and Philip (Paul Stout). Lee Stetson (Bruce Boxleitner) is the suave and handsome American spy with the code name of Scarecrow. Together, they go undercover to oust the bad guys; all the while trading battle-of-sexes verbal jabs. The hit series , created by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Lemming,mixed comedy and intrigued that came from the seemingly mismatched pairing of an independent housewife and a worldly, slightly jaded spy as undercover operatives. The stories were sometimes highly implausible, such as a thirty-something housewife being targeted by a white slavery ring. Yet there were really powerful episodes such as the one titled Odds on a Dead Pigeon in which the versatile Kate Jackson plays a duel role: Amanda King and that of a look-alike deadly assassin.
Season Five of One Tree Hill saw pivotal changes for the drama series, as creator Mark Schwahn made the decision to move the characters out of high school by advancing the timeline four years into the future, thrusting the characters into adulthood. Season Six saw the departure of Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton and a new direction was in order for season Seven. Now with that seventh season available on DVD, One Tree Hill continues to explore the journeys of its beloved characters, while seamlessly introducing new favorites. As the series jumps ahead 14 months, these new relationships infuse the history and change the lives of those who live there. Through it all, these friends and family members realize that life always leads you right where you belong.
Available on DVD from Warner Home Video beginning June 29th, 2010
Darn that Kyra Sedgwick, she looks good even wearing yellow crime scene tape!
It seems like season five of The Closer had just begun airing on TNT, but it was actually over a year ago with the first episode Products of Discovery premiering on June 8th, 2009. Guess time flies when your LA’s top Deputy Chief of police, solving crimes and in your spare time learning to deal with a teenager!
Looking over the synopsis for The Closer: The Complete Fifth Season from the DVD release home page, tells us that at work, L.A. Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) is a woman in charge. But at home…well, that’s another story. As a cop, Brenda takes on everything from a corpse that comes COD to a serial killer to Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell), an internal affairs officer as tough as she is. As a civilian, Brenda loses one family member aka her beloved cat and gains another: her surly niece Charlie. Brenda can outsmart, outmaneuver and out a killer. But handling a teenager is another matter.
If you somehow had the chance, would you do your life over? Thirtysomething Mike O’Donnell (Matthew Perry) would. Then one mysteriously magical moment, Mike gets his chance. He’s suddenly back at Hayden High where he’s the star of the basketball team, a total hottie, and a classmate to his own teenage kids…which gives Mike (Zac Efron) a chance to go from not-so-good dad to really cool friend.
That’s the premise of this sort of teenage comedy movie which Warner Brothers Home Video is releasing on DVD, Blu_Ray, iTunes and On Demand starting this Tuesday, August 11th. 17 Again is a charming movie that takes it’s cues from forerunners such as Freaky Friday, 13 Going on 30 and with a touch of Back to Future thrown in for good measure.
There honestly isn’t much to say about the Disney Channel’s latest movie The Princess Protection Program. It’s a competent and cute little paint by the numbers affair staring Disney’s newest “stars” Selena Gomez as “Tom Boy” Carter Mason who is forced to be friends with Princess Rosalinda / Rosie Gonzales played by Demi Lovato who was in the Disney film Camp Rock and appeared in the Jonas Brother’s concert film. Rosalinda’s Kingdom is taken over by an evil General which forces her to go into hiding.
Carter’s dad happens to be an operative for a secret organization called the Princess Protection Program whose job it is to hide and protect Princess’ throughout the world. So of course we get to see the Princess trying to adjust to being a normal American Teenager while Carter gets jealous at the attention her dad shows Rosie. My issue with the movie is that Selena and Demi look too much alike, they could practically pass for twins and the movie feels like it was produced in a “factory.” There’s no there, there. But it’s a perfectly harmless time waster and the two leads are likeable enough.
On April 27, 2007, a little independent movie premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival. The audience laughed, they cried… but mostly, they laughed. The film? David Mackay’s Ten Inch Hero. Initially only making its appearances at special screenings and film festivals, two years later, this charming film has made its way to DVD as a Blockbuster exclusive. Does it do the movie justice? Ten Inch Hero is a romantic comedy centering around a sandwich shop in Santa Cruz, CA, where the motto for employment is “Help Wanted – normal people need not apply,” leading to a staff of colorful and often hysterical twenty-somethings. Tish (Danneel Harris) just can’t find the right guy, but has fun looking; Jen (Clea DuVall) struggles with the complications of online romance; Priestly (Jensen Ackles) is the kilt-wearing, tattooed rebel who doesn’t mind being a bit different. Lastly, Piper (Elisabeth Harnois) jumpstarts the entire story, traveling to Santa Cruz in search of her daughter that she put up for adoption years ago. The movie itself is quirky, fun, and clever.
On the comedy end of “romantic comedy,” it’s got more one-liners that will make you laugh out loud than you can count and a snappiness to its writing that is quick and witty without being overdone. Personal favorites include reading Priestly’s t-shirts on a shot-to-shot basis—you’d be surprised at how often they change—and a now famous supply run scene. Not familiar with it and not quite sold on the movie itself? Hop on YouTube and search for “Ten Inch Hero scene.” You’ll love it. On the romance side, each and every character has a romantic obstacle to overcome, all through vastly different means. Everyone has their eye on someone else, and no one seems to notice.