The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes Ultimate Collection on DVD

Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes

Even if you've never seen it (a feat which I'm not sure how you would accomplish in today's world), you know (or should, anyway) that The Carol Burnett Show was an epic success in 1960s and 70s television. The show ran for eleven years, collecting twenty-five Emmy awards, eight Golden Globes, and wound up on more than a few Best Show of All Time lists. It also nabbed more People's Choice Awards for Carol Burnett herself than for any other actress in history. Now (yay!) out from Time-Life is The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes Ultimate Collection.

The set includes episodes from the first five seasons (1967-72) that Burnett personally selected, and they haven’t been seen since their original airing over forty years ago. That means no home video, no streaming, and no syndication. In these episodes, we see the origins of what would later become much-loved staples of the show, including “The Oldest Man” with Tim Conway (in which he proved that he could be just as funny in slow motion as in hyper-motion), “Carol and Sis” with Burnett and Vicki Lawrence in the title roles, the soap opera send-up “As the Stomach Turns,” and more. In addition to the core cast, we also see many of the fabulous guest stars the show was known to attract such as Lucille Ball, Jim Nabors, Bing Crosby, Paul Lynde, Bob Newhart, Don Adams, Chita Rivera, Andy Griffith, Jonathan Winters and scads more.

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By |September 26th, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments

Plea for Sanity: STOP the Tinkering

Tinkerer

There is a plague, albeit of the First World variety, that has spread online through our technology...and it simply has to stop. I'm talking about the Tinkering.

By Tinkering, I mean screwing around with something that's working perfectly well until you've basically ruined it. I mean not leaving well enough alone. Remember when Pinterest was, you know, a good place to pin and share images? Now anytime the iPhone app is anywhere near functional, I won't update it for months. Like the very handy "You've just switched to the app with a URL in the clipboard, would you like to pin it?" feature, which works now about 7% of the time.

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By |September 17th, 2016|Stimuli|1 Comment

Because He's Michael C. Hall, Musical Clairvoyant

Did you know Michael C. Hall can do an eeriely decent vocal impersonation of David Bowie? Well, considering Bowie's musical Lazarus has been around since last year...maybe you did. I did not. So seeing that Hall was performing "Lazarus" at the Mercury Prize was just a novelty. Then the guy started singing. Nice. When the soundtrack for the show is released, I need it. And I definitely need to check out Mercury winner Skepta...because to beat out Bowie must be something special.

You can snag Blackstar from Amazon here. Or it's on Spotify here.

By |September 17th, 2016|Stimuli|0 Comments

Headsup: Empire Season Two on DVD

Empire Season 2 on DVD

Now out from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is Empire: The Complete Second Season, which navigates all the post-arrest drama as Lucious and Cookie struggle to keep their grip on Empire Entertainment Records amidst personal problems, feuding sons, and threats of an outside takeover.

There are two things fans love most about Empire—the look and the sound.  With the 53 minutes of extras added to all 18 episodes of the second season, this DVD set definitely takes those two loves into consideration.  Special features include a Freda Gatz music video, four uncut music performances, six studio sessions, and four mini specials that focus on the striking visuals of the show.  Also in the mix is a behind-the-scenes look at the USO Tour that members of the cast participated in recently (did you know that Taraji P. Henson worked as a receptionist at the Pentagon years ago?)

This set sells on Amazon for $19.99 (about $1.11 per episode, superior pricing to Amazon’s per-episode price of $1.99 for streaming).  Hulu customers also have access to the series as part of their subscription.  It is not (nor will it be) available on Netflix. [Read More...]

By |September 16th, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments

A Little Family Talk About Person of Interest

Person of Interest

Kim, Tuffley & Bryan convene to discuss the series Person of Interest while at DragonCon 2016. Recorded in front of a mostly live studio audience.

BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab our overall podcast feed here. If you like us, why not rate us? We don't bite. Mostly. Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here.

To download this episode directly, A Little Family Talk About Person of Interest, then do that thing.

By |September 14th, 2016|Podcasts|0 Comments

Headsup: Supernatural Season 11 on Blu-ray

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Warner Brothers Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray set I featured in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.

I find that Supernatural viewers fall into three categories: they hardcore love it, hardcore hate it, or feel betrayed because they used to hardcore love it for the first half of the run and have since become very disappointed with the show's direction.

Season 11 was especially polarizing among these groups as it explored the pre-biblical spiritual arena-- viewers saw the aftermath following the release of the Darkness, the introduction of the Rabids and Amara into the storyline, the cliffhanger of Sam's unknown fate, and more.

This set includes all twenty-three episodes of season 11 on Blu-ray along with over four episodes of bonus material and a digital HD copy for instant download and streaming. Special features include:

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By |September 6th, 2016|Headsup|1 Comment

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog Catch-Up #52 - #54

Aaron Poole's Word-a-Week!

Well, Widge here. I manipulate Aaron's Patreon to get a third season of Word-A-Week and things fall on me again. I suck. Did you hear the one about the three-foot king snake that came into my office? I'll tell you later. Right now, it's a triple feature of Aaron Fever at his verbalistic best. He's the man who can sell vocabulary to the already verbose, such is his power. So without further adieu, here's three more words that Aaron has hand-selected to bestow upon you. Accept no substitutes! These are words you can use! In conversation! You can even use them on Twitter and Facebook! And the best part is: these words are free for you to use and share! It is guaranteed DRM-free.

More of Aaron's shenanigans can be found at aaronfever.com.
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By |August 1st, 2016|Word-a-Week|1 Comment

Your Mental Sorbet: Hugo De Groot

Hugo De Groot:  Ze Nemen Me Eindelijk Mee

When we find something worthy, we like to offer it to you as a starter for your week of inevitable weirdness. This time I have found something special.

Many of you are aware of the Doctor Demento staple, "They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha Ha!" by Napoleon XIV. It's a release that have given this, one of the greatest excerpts of a review I've ever seen. From Billboard:

Against a clomp-clomp tambourine beat, Napoleon spoke-chanted his manic-depressive tale of failed romance, the vocals suddenly speeding up into an unsettlingly cheerful giddiness as sirens revved up in the background. Not a single note of music was played or sung throughout the track, which zoomed up to number three in the summer of 1966, as the necessary counterpoint to Barry Sadler's insipid, similarly off-the-wall smash that year, "The Ballad of the Green Berets."

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By |August 1st, 2016|Mental Sorbet|0 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know: Comic-Con in a Nutshell. A Very Large Nutshell.

Ezekiel & Shiva

In case you hadn't noticed, San Diego Comic-Con just happened. And lots of stuff gets announced and lots of trailers happen and it's basically just crammed with things. Here, I've tried to take the high points of the chaos and condense them into one huge post. There are lots of videos. You might want to go get a sandwich.

  • Firstly, we have tiger. Walking Dead had their Season 7 trailer which held to their desire to keep the Lucilled victim from the end of last season a secret. This is something, to be honest, I'm amazed hasn't leaked yet considering how the maniacs (read: fans) of the show watch everything they do like overly caffeinated hawks. Regardless, we got a look at Shiva and no doubt the giant feline and Carol got the biggest laughs from Hall H. Khary Payton will be playing the Dread King Ezekiel.
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    By |July 26th, 2016|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Music Whenever: Kat Robichaud, Dan Deacon, The Delegators & More...

    Kat Robichaud

    Hello again. So as stated, it's been a bit rough of late and 2016 has gotten off to such a shaky start, it's almost like being in an Irwin Allen film. So for this go round, I've picked six songs that are at least relatively cheery, so we collectively get some musical therapy, yes? Yes.

    First things first. I had no idea Kat Robichaud was on The Voice. I know as much about The Voice versus other reality shows as I do about badminton versus other versions of sportsball. With just about the same level of caring. What I do care about is this song, which I've played a ridiculous number of times. This is the second version on her album, the "Ringmaster" rendition, which I prefer to the "original" because this sounds more anarchic and mental. And I am drawn to songs that sound like they're recorded in the middle of an electric street carnival. You are Jack's utter lack of surprise. The album she released with The Darling Misfits is, appropriately enough, Kat Robichaud and The Darling Misfits. You can find the album on Amazon and her website with all of her linkages can be found here.

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    By |July 18th, 2016|Music Whenever|0 Comments