Dark Skies is one of those programs that reached for the skies [literally] but didn’t quite catch the public’s attention in spite of being a very high quality production. An intelligent, frequently thrilling alien invasion show, Dark Skies is but one of many one-season wonders that I wish had been given the time to tell their story. Unlike most of them, however, Dark Skies is getting an impressive DVD release – Shout!Factory is making Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series available on January 18th.
Follow the jump to the press release; a clip of the moment when Congressional aide John Loengard’s [Eric Close] world is changed forever, plus links to several more clips.
The six-episode Marvel Knights Animation Presents Black Panther is coming to DVD! Based on the graphic novel by Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr., Black Panther features an all-star voice cast that includes Oscar® Nominee Djimon Hounsou [Blood Diamond], Grammy® Winner Jill Scott [#1 Ladies’ Detective Agency] and Golden Globe® Winner Alfre Woodard [Memphis Beat, True Blood].
Marvel Knights Animation Presents Black Panther will be released on January 18, 2011.
For details, check out the official press release following the jump.
I’ve watched a lot of TV over the years – and become a fan of many quality series that lasted only one season [or less]. One of the best of these is Dark Skies, a sci-fi series that suggested that the Earth’s history was not what we read in history books. Rather, it was manipulated by aliens, acting on their own agenda. The series starred Eric Close and Megan Ward as Congressional aide John Loengard and his girlfriend Kim Sayers – who stumble onto this secret and set out to thwart the alien agenda.
On January 18th, 2011, Shout!Factory is releasing Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series on DVD – with a ton of special features. To learn more, follow the jump.
Shout!Factory and Rainmaker Entertainment have announced a unique contest that is sure to spark fans of ReBoot to new heights of creativity.
They’ve launched a contest in which the five fans who create the most distinctive takes on their favorite characters will have their art showcased in the line of ReBoot-related product that debuts next year. And, oh yeah, the five winners will also receive a copy of the complete series set!
Fans can enter at ReBoot.com. Details from the press release follow the jump.
ReBoot, the innovative Canadian CG animated series about a civilization that exists inside a computer, is coming to DVD. The series’ production company, Rainmaker Entertainment, Inc. and Shout!Factory have agreed on a deal that will see the critically acclaimed series available in 2011.
Yes, there’s big news from Shout!Factory about the wild & crazy guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000!
Four never-before-seen episodes of MST3K are being released in a monster boxed set on November 9, 2010. Titles being ripped to shreds by the MST3K crew are: Robot Monster, Bride of the Monster, Devil Doll and Devils [I love these guys!].
And what of the other cool contents of the set? Follow the jump for complete details from the press release!
One of the most intelligent, twisted and provocative TV series of all-time is finally getting a DVD release. Max Headroom, the w-a-a-a-a-y-y-y too hip for the room satire [and TV’s first CG character] that ran on ABC from March, 1987 to May, 1988, will be available on DVD as of August 10, courtesy of Shout! Factory, the folks who have given us other fine cult TVonDVD releases like Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and thirtysomething.
Details from the press release [including series description] follow the jump.
One last season’s summer shows, ABC Family’s The Middleman, had me at the tentacle monster and reeled me in at the gorilla gangster. Javier [call him Javi] Grillo-Marxuach’s series – adapted from the graphic novel that was adapted from an unsold TV script [still with me?] achieved something that no other comics-to-movies/TV has ever done – the pilot script contained somewhere in the vicinity of 90% of the script that Javi wrote in 1988. The result was a fast-paced, character-driven and pop culture-fuelled super saga of a hero and his brand spanking new sidekick as they saved the world from villains that appeared to have jumped out of the pages of a comic – which is exactly what they were!
After viewing the extras for the DVD release of the recently cancelled ABC Family series, The Middleman, I came to a conclusion that was confirmed by a quick peek at imdb. Middleman creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach [pictured, above, with series star Natalie Morales] is a fanboy! I had the opportunity to interview Javi [as he prefers to be called] about all things Middleman. Alas, we had to stop before I could ask him about such things as the inspiration for the series’ episode titles [one of the extras revelas that it’s an homage to the titles of the Robert Ludlum novels he read as a kid], the decision to use chirons [those text scrolls that identify time and place and such] and the plethora of extras on the set. We did get through the process the series went from unsold pilot, to cult hit comic and, finally, to the small screen – as well as toss in a plug or his upcoming new series, Day One.
The late summer of 1990 found two high school sitcoms premiering: the TV adaptation of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off [simply entitled Ferris Bueller] for NBC; and – ten days later – Fox’s Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. Bueller lasted one season [with its finale held back ‘til just over a year after its premiere] and Parker Lewis [which some had though to be an inferior version of Ferris Bueller] went on to run for three wacked out seasons [and 73 episodes]. Not the longest run for a sitcom, maybe, but years ahead of its time.
Parker Lewis Can’t Lose: The Complete First Season, in stores Tuesday, is – after Quark and Sports Night – the sitcom I’ve most wanted to see released on DVD. Why? It’s smart, funny, innovative and had a very “take no prisoners” attitude that not only helped Fox establish itself as the edgier, more inventive network of the early nineties, but provided elements that have become highly influential to many of the sitcoms that came after it [Malcolm in the Middle and Scrubs come immediately to mind…].
Considering that the Transformers were created by taking a bunch of disparate Japanese toys with no connection – but kinda looked like they might belong together – and given unique identities and a backstory by a group of guys at Hasbro®, they’ve certainly managed to hold the public’s interest.
With the second Transformers movie about to hit theaters, here comes the 25th anniversary release of the first season of the [dare I say it?] iconic animated series that forever etched the phrases “robots in disguise” and “more than meets the eye” into the cultural consciousness. Sure, there are some really goofy concepts [Megatron, the Decepticon leader turns into a gun? That has to be fired by some other Decepticon? Really?], but it’s easy to see why the series – and the toys, for that matter – caught on in such a big way. Continue reading DVD REVIEW: Transformers – The Complete First Season – 25 Years→