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Headsup: Ingenious

If you enjoy watching brilliant people do brilliant things, one or both of the releases below may be for you:

Elementary Fifth SeasonFirst we have Elementary, the modern-day telling of the story of Sherlock Holmes, a brilliant but flawed detective.  In this Americanized version, Holmes (Johnny Lee Miller) works together with Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) to solve some of the most baffling cases presented to the NYPD.  In the fifth season, Holmes and Watson come up against everything from a dangerous drug gang bent on murder to a serial bomber to a rogue intelligence agency.  (Added to that challenge are the truly bizarre methods used, including snake venom-laced meals, invisible gunshots, and a superbug introduced into the city's water supply.)  With disparate personalities but a shared love of resolving complicated cases, the partners are on a constant quest to solve the puzzles presented both by criminals and by their own relationship.  Out now on DVD is Elementary: The Fifth Season, which features all twenty four episodes of Season Five along with almost an hour of bonus content.  Three featurettes form the bulk of the special features, including "Flashbacks" (where the production team discusses re-creating props to support the Byzantine story and how it worked into the show's fictional timeline), "The Fifth Elementary" (a behind-the-scenes look with Lucy Liu and Aidan Quinn as they each take a turn directing), and "Reasoning Backwards" (a discussion with show runner Rob Doherty and the writers about creating the complex crime-based storylines).  In addition to the featurettes are some deleted and extended scenes and a gag reel.  Elementary: The Fifth Season is available on DVD on Amazon (currently priced at $29.87).  You can also get the Season Five streaming option on both Amazon and iTunes for $34.99, but the only bonus feature on these is a 4-minute "Top Moments of Season Four" special.  With a price at $5 less and fifty minutes more content than the streaming option, the DVD is the best choice on this one all the way around, unless you're simply out of space on the shelf.

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By |September 6th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Dark and Mysterious

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the titles featured below. The opinions I share are my own.

Out now are two titles which tell the stories of those who exhibit otherworldly powers and live in the shadows:

Originals Season Four Blu-rayFirst we have The Originals, the Vampire Diaries spinoff series that follows vampire Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) as he and his family find themselves entangled in the supernatural politics of New Orleans. Season four opens on the fifth anniversary of the epic defeat of the once powerful Mikaelson family, with Marcel Gerard (Charles Michael Davis) holding Klaus captive and Klaus's half siblings Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Elijah (Elijah Mikaelson) under a sleeping spell. After the family is reunited, they must forge an uneasy alliance with former friends Marcel and Vincent Griffith (Yusuf Gatewood) in order to respond to a destructive force that has come to attack their city and their loved ones. Even with vampires and witches fighting alongside instead of against one another, no one can tell if their combined forces will be enough to combat the power of the malevolent enemy they now face.  Out now on DVD and Blu-ray is The Originals: The Complete Fourth Season, which includes all thirteen episodes of Season Four.  Bonus features on this one are rather light— it's pretty much just the 2016 The Originals Comic Con panel along with some deleted scenes, a gag reel, and a "Come Visit Georgia" promo (the series is filmed there).  When you consider how much they could have done talking about character development, storylines, costumes, etc., it's a little sad that there aren't more special features, especially considering that show creator Julie Plec announced back in July that the upcoming fifth season would be the final one for the show.  Maybe they're saving up all the good bonus content for the release of the complete series— fans can only hope.  The Originals: The Complete Fourth Season is available on Amazon on DVD (currently $17.18) and on Blu-ray (currently $33.21).  You can also get the season digitally on Amazon or iTunes for $24.99 (both include the Comic Con panel and iTunes also offers the gag reel).  Even though bonus features are comparable across the platforms on this one, when you consider that getting it in streaming form raises the price by 45%, it makes the DVD option look pretty good— but look at the options and see which one works best for you.

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By |September 6th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Just for Fun

If you're in need of some lightness and laughter, check out the titles below:

Tonight Show Vault Series Volumes 1-6When it came to late ending your day on a high note, nobody set the stage like Johnny Carson.  For thirty years, Carson hosted The Tonight Show, setting standards for the genre that continue to this day and earning him the title "The Original King of Late Night".  Now out from Time Life is The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series, Volumes 1-6.  This six-disc set spans two decades of Carson's history-making tenure at The Tonight Show, including some of the best selections from the show chosen by Carson archivists.  Notable guests featured in The Vault Series, Volumes 1-6 include Dean Martin, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles, Bob Hope, Dom DeLuise, John Denver, Peter Fonda, Michael Caine, Charlton Heston, Michael Landon, Billy Crystal, Paul McCartney, Orson Welles, Muhammad Ali, and many more.  

The collection is comprised of twelve full, unedited shows from the seventies and eighties (including the original commercials, which in and of themselves are pretty awesome entertainment-wise).  Among the shows featured are Carson's tenth and eleventh anniversary shows and Johnny's birthday episodes.  Stand-alone bonus content includes interviews with Peaches Jones, Joe Piscopoa, and others, along with a stunt demonstration, a show opening, monologue and desk time with Johnny and Ed McMahon from 1976, and a performance by James Brown.  The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series, Volumes 1-6 has a total run time of fourteen-and-a-half hours and is available on DVD on Amazon for $47.99.  If you're a mega fan (or know someone who is), you may also want to consider The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends: The Complete Collection, which includes the set above as well as two other sets for a total of ten discs and twenty-seven hours of classic Tonight Show entertainment (two hours of which is special bonus content).  This set spans the entire four-thousand episode run of Carson's time hosting the show and also includes a collectible 28-Page memory book.  The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends: The Complete Collection is also available on DVD on Amazon for $104.95

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By |September 6th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Kids' Corner #3

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first title featured below. The opinions I share are my own.

Out now are two titles to help your kids stir their imaginations and have some fun:

Sesame Street Trick or Treat Sesame Street DVDFirst we have Sesame Street: Trick or Treat on Sesame Street, where Elmo's excitement over his homemade Galactic Stan costume turns to envy when he sees another boy sporting one bought at the store. However, with some help from Alan and Abby, Elmo discovers that he doesn't need a fancy store-bought costume; all he needs is his imagination.  Sesame Street: Trick or Treat on Sesame Street is the newest Halloween-themed release from Sesame Street in ten years and includes thirteen minutes of brand new animated content, an extra episode ("The Sesame Street Dress Up Club") and a bonus themed digital storybook (Which Witch is Which?) to download.

Sesame Street: Trick or Treat on Sesame Street is now out from Warner Brothers on DVD and is available on Amazon for $9.96.  For a sneak peek, just click on the link below.

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime (feature + bonus content): 75 minutes

 

Daniel Tigers Neighborhood King Daniel Day DVDNext we have Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: King Daniel for the Day.  A spinoff series from the classic children's program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is centered around 4-year-old Daniel [...]

By |September 6th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Chasing Bad Guys

Out now are multiple titles about those who hunt down criminals, all with their own particular style:

Hawaii Five-0 Season Seven DVDFirst up is Hawaii Five-0, a new spin on the vintage series about an elite task force charged with solving crimes that take place on the idyllic sunny islands.  Former navy man Detective Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) leads the team, following only his own rules and operating with full authority to hunt down the islands' worst criminals and bring them to justice.  Working alongside McGarrett are Detective Danny ("Danno") Williams, Chin Ho Kelly, coroner Dr. Max Bergman, beautiful Hawaiian native Kono Kalakaua, and former SWAT team leader Captain Lou Grover.  In Season Seven, the team must deal with some of their most dangerous cases yet as they hunt down the chess-piece killer, attempt to protect a witness in a coma from being assassinated, rescue Chin's niece from a cartel, breaking down a sex trafficking ring, and more.  Guest stars on the season include Hawaii Five-0 veteran Jack Lord along with Claire Forlani, Darius Rucker, Julie Benz, Jimmy Buffett, and Christine Lahti.  Out now is Hawaii Five-0: The Seventh Season, which includes all twenty-five episodes of Season Seven along with some bonus content.  Featurettes on the set include "Shorelines: Season Seven" (action sequences and season highlights with the cast and crew), "The Chun Family Legacy" (actor Dennis Chun talks about continuing his father Kam Fong Chun's Hawaii Five-o legacy), and "Tailor Grubbs Video Diary" (a peek at the video diary of youngest cast member Tailor Grubbs).  Along with the featurettes are coverage of a magazine photo shoot with star Alex O'Louhlin, some deleted and extended scenes, and a gag reel.  The complete season is available on Amazon on DVD for $29.99, or you can get the season digitally on Amazon or iTunes for $34.99. It's important to note that not only do the streaming options cost $5 more, but bonus content on those is limited to one 2-minute featurette ("You Ask, They Tell: Grace Park"), so if you're looking to get the most bang for your buck, getting the DVD is definitely the way to go on this one.

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By |September 6th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: The World of the Dark Knight

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the titles featured below. The opinions I share are my own.

Out now are two titles for Batman fans:

Gotham Season Three Blu-rayFirst is Gotham, the crime drama television series that follows a young James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) in his early days in the Gotham Police Department. Also woven into the plot lines are the origin stories of Bruce Wayne and multiple DC villains. In the third season, Gordon becomes a self-made bounty hunter as he tracks the Indian Hill fugitives in an attempt to protect Gotham. While Gordon is chasing Hugo Strange and Fish Mooney, Bullock and Barnes are left to deal with the rise of additional supervillains, Poison Ivy and Mad Hatter, who along with Penguin and Riddler are wreaking havoc on the city. Amidst the chaos, young Bruce Wayne learns more about the Court of Owls criminal organization and begins to discover that there are even more secrets surrounding his parents’ murder. With the stakes rising ever higher, good and evil clash together like never before, and only time will tell which side will ultimately win power over the city and citizens of Gotham.

Out now on DVD and Blu-ray is Gotham: The Complete Third Season, which includes all twenty-one episodes of the third season along with some extras.  Heading the bonus features are three featurettes— one on the infamous Court of Owls (12 minutes), one on the new villains introduced in Season Three (10 minutes), and one on Ben McKenzie’s directorial debut (2 minutes).  Also included are the Gotham 2016 Comic Con panel and some deleted scenes.  Streaming options are available on iTunes (with all bonus features) and on Amazon (with only the Comic Con panel), both priced at $29.99. The DVD and Blu-ray are available on Amazon for $36.99 and $39.99, respectively. Pricing is pretty close on all of these options, so do your own calculations on pricing / features / format and see which one feels like a good fit.

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By |September 4th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

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By |August 30th, 2017|Stimuli|0 Comments

Headsup: Superpowers

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the titles featured below. The opinions I share are my own.

Out just in time to get you ready for their fall premieres are four titles whose characters have super abilities—- some aimed at doing good, some at evil, and some who struggle in between.

DCs Legends of Tomorrow Season Two Blu-rayFirst up is DC's Legends of Tomorrow, the story of Time Master Rip Hunter who seeks to avenge his murdered family and stop the machinations of their killer, Vandal Savage, along with the corrupt Time Masters who support him.  Helping Hunter in his quest are superheroes The Atom, White Canary, Firestorm, Hawkgirl, Hawkman, Captain Cold, and Heat Wave.  In Season Two, following the successful destruction of the Time Masters, the team (now including new members Citizen Steel and Vixen) must not only guard the timeline from aberrations but also face a new enemy in the form of the Legion of Doom.  This team of time-traveling super villains (which includes the Reverse Flash along with past versions of Malcolm Merlyn, Damien Darkh, and Captain Cold) seek the Spear of Destiny so that they may re-write their own fates.  With the prospect of facing their own alternates, the Legends will have to fight harder than ever before to protect Time itself and ensure their own survival.

Now out on Blu-ray and DVD is DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season.  Bonus features include a ten-minute featurette ("Allied: The Invasion Complex - DC’s Legends of Tomorrow"), the 2016 DC’s Legends of TomorrowComic Con Panel, a few deleted scenes, and a gag reel.  On Amazon, you can snag the DVD for $29.99 and the Blu-ray for $33.39.  Amazon and iTunes both offer streaming options for a season price of $24.99 and both include the Comic Con panel as an extra (iTunes also includes the "Invasion Complex" featurette).  Since iTunes includes the bulk of the bonus content, it might be worth considering if purchasing the season in disc form (which features-wise just gets you the addition of the deleted scenes and the gag reel) is worth paying $5 - $8 more, or if it's better on this one to just go for the streaming option and save some coin.

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By |August 27th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Justice

 

Out now are three titles that follow the men and women who fight to keep the law and justice systems of America running:

 

Bull Season OneFirst we have Bull, the courtroom drama inspired by the early career of now-famous-talk-show-host Dr. Phil McGraw when he was the head of a trial consulting firm.  The title character Dr. Jason Bull (played by Michael Weatherly) is an ingenious and highly intuitive examiner of human nature who has expanded his own natural and learned skills into a prestigious firm of experts (the Trial Analysis Corporation).  Sometimes for a good cause and sometimes for the right price, Dr. Bull and his team craft defense narratives specific to the most minute detail in order to sway the jury, largely based on biofeedback from "mirror jurors" they recruit to give them the inside track on the mental state of the jury at any given time.  Along with Dr. Bull, the team of experts include lawyer Benny Colón (played by Freddy Rodriguez), neurolinguistics expert Marissa Morgan (played by Geneva Carr), former NYPD detective Danny James (played by Jaime Lee Kirchner), hacker Cable McCrory (played by Annabelle Attanasio), and former-football-star-turned-fashion-stylist Chunk Palmer (played by Chris Jackson).

Bull: Season One is now out on DVD, which includes all twenty-two episodes of the premiere season as well as close to an hour of special features, including "Michael Weatherly: No Bull" (an interview where Weatherly, who also co-produced the show, speaks about the fun and challenges of getting the series off the ground for its first season), "The Verdict: Bull Season One" (a featurette that goes behind the scenes of the show with Weatherly and some other cast members along with executive producers Paul Attanasio and Dr. Phil McGraw), "See You In Court" (a tour of the courtroom sets featured on the show led by Production Designer Sarah Frank), and a gag reel. You can currently get the DVD on Amazon for $29.87 or for twelve cents more can get it streaming on Amazon or iTunes (with no bonus features besides a two-minute "First Look" promo) for $29.99.  So unless you really don't want it in hard copy, I'd say definitely go for the DVD on this one.

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By |August 23rd, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Secrets

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the titles featured below. The opinions I share are my own.

Out now are two titles where not everything is as it seems:

Riverdale Season OneFirst we have Riverdale, the alternative take on small-town life based on characters from Archie Comics. The series stars KJ Apa (Archie Andrews), Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper), Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge), and Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones). As a new school year is under way, the characters are dealing with issues of love and loss: Betty Cooper has yet to disclose her romantic feelings for Archie, Archie has just finished a clandestine relationship with his once-mentor music teacher, queen bee Cheryl Blossom may be hiding something about her brother Jason's death, and Archie must decide whether or not to come forward with damaging information about the day Jason went missing.  The town's idyllic facade begins to crack as more secrets begin to come to light, and the characters begin to realize that Riverdale will never be the same.

Out now is Riverdale: The Complete First Season, which includes all thirteen episodes of the first season on DVD and Blu-ray.  Bonus features include five featurettes ("The New Normal", "I Got You", "Riverdale: 2016 Comic-Con Panel", "Riverdale: The Ultimate Sin", and "These are the Moments I Remember") along with some unaired scenes and a gag reel.  A streaming option is available on both Amazon and iTunes for $29.99 (Amazon's offers the Comic-Con panel and a one-minute behind-the-scenes special as bonus features and iTunes offers all five featurettes).  If you want it in disc format, you can grab it on Amazon: the DVD currently goes for $24.57 and the Blu-ray for $31.50.  Since you save $4+ by doing the DVD versus streaming and you get all the bonus features to boot, I'd say the DVD is the better move here, but weigh the factors (including how crowded your shelf is at home) and decide what's best for you.

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By |August 17th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments