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Headsup: The Good, The Bad, and The Supernatural

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of Supernatural: The Complete Thirteenth Season, The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season, and Lucifer: The Complete Third Season.  The opinions I share are my own.

Criminal Minds Season ThirteenCriminal Minds revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most experienced agent is David Rossi, founding member of the BAU, who is essential in helping the team solve new cases. Special Agent Simmons joins his colleagues in the BAU after consulting them when he was a member of the International Response Team. Simmons is an ex-Delta soldier with deft profiling skills and military special-ops expertise. As the team evolves together, the BAU continues its dedication to using their expertise to pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them. —from CBS

Now out on DVD is Criminal Minds: Season Thirteen, which includes all twenty-two episodes of the thirteenth season along with over ninety minutes of extras. Special features include five featurettes (“Getting Lucky”, “Bunker Mentality”, “Breaking up the BAU”, “Thirteen Minds”, and “Would You Make a Good FBI Agent?”) along with the table read of Episode 21 (“Mixed Signals”), a gag reel, and deleted and extended scenes. Viewers are also treated to the pilot episodes of CBS favorites Bull and SEAL Team (a nice way to get a sneak peek at them if you somehow missed them on regular TV and don’t have a CBS All Access subscription.) Criminal Minds: Season Thirteen is available on Amazon on DVD for $29.99 or digitally for $24.99 (although the extras there are limited to a one-minute special with Kirsten Vangsness talking about her favorite moments from the previous season.) You can also get the same digital presentation on iTunes, but the price goes up dramatically to $34.99, so either way Amazon is probably your best bet on this one.

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Headsup: Tales from the World of Comics

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

 

Riverdale Complete Second SeasonRiverdale follows the characters of the Archie Comics series as they tangle with love, loss, and divided loyalties. Season Two sees Archie reeling from his father’s shooting at the hand of the Black Hood, while Betty and Jughead’s relationship is tested as he joins the Southside Serpents and her brother Chic suddenly returns. Veronica’s father brings his own machinations to the mix, and the town struggles to keep itself together while under the shadow of the Black Hood and a dangerous new drug sweeping through the teenage population. Now out on Blu-ray and DVD is Riverdale: The Complete Second Season, which includes all twenty-two episodes from Season Two along with two hours of bonus content. Extras include four featurettes, the Riverdale 2017 Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. Riverdale: The Complete Second Season is available on Amazon, with the Blu-ray priced at $37.87 and the DVD at $24.99.

Arrow Complete Sixth SeasonOliver Queen can conquer any challenge in his secret identity as the Green Arrow– but can he embrace his new identity as a father?  In Season Six of Arrow, Queen strives to protect the city both as its mayor and its vigilante superhero while contending with enemies Black Siren, Vigilante, Ricardo Diaz, Cayden James, and others. With relations between his team beginning to break down, Queen must do all in his power to fight past and present enemies before Star City is lost for good. Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season is out now on Blu-ray and DVD, featuring all twenty-three episodes as well as several extras. Special features include all four DC super hero crossover episodes (with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, and Supergirl), three featurettes focusing on Deathstroke, the crossover / Earth-X, and Cayden James, and a best-of compilation of DC TV’s Comic-Con panels from 2017. Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season is available on Amazon on Blu-ray and DVD (for $40.70 and $29.96, respectively).

Gotham the Complete Fourth SeasonIn Season Four of Gotham, Bruce Wayne begins to follow his future path toward becoming the caped crusader as he sees Penguin, Riddler, Barbara Kean, Tabitha Galavan, and Poison Ivy threatening his beloved city.  With the help of his trainer Ra’s al Ghul, his butler Alfred, and previous Wayne Enterprises executive Lucius Fox, Bruce begins to form his vigilante identity in an attempt to bolster the peace-keeping efforts of Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock. Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season is out today on DVD and Blu-ray, including all twenty-two episodes of the fourth season, two featurettes (“Solomon Grundy: Born on a Monday” and “The Sirens Take Gotham”), the best-of Comic-Con compilation featured in the Arrow extras above, and deleted scenes.  Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season is available now on Blu-ray (at $37.99) and DVD (at $29.96) on Amazon.

Aquaman - Rage of AtlantisAlong with his pals Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz, Aquaman must face enemies in the air, on land, and in the sea in Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis, the latest animated feature from LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes. Facing an attack from Atrocitus and the Red Lanterns, Aquaman must make the difficult choice to leave his kingdom to answer the call of the Justice League or risk the destruction of all he holds dear. DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis is now out in a Blu-ray Combo Set and DVD. There are no bonus features on this one, but (while supplies last) both formats include a limited-edition exclusive Jessica Cruz / Green Lantern LEGO minifigure. The film is available now on Amazon on DVD (for $9.99) and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (for $14.99).

Death of SupermanIn The Death of Superman, an asteroid crashes into the ocean bringing an uncontrollable force (known only as “Doomsday”), compelling Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and the rest of the Justice League come together to fight the all-powerful enemy and save Metropolis.  As the battle comes to a head, Superman and Doomsday face each other in the ultimate showdown, with the outcome determining the fate not only of Metropolis, but Earth itself.  The Death of Superman is out now on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and Blu-ray 4K Combo Pack.  The Blu-ray sets boast a few bonus features, including the featurette “Death of Superman: The Brawl that Topped Them All”, two bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault, and a sneak peek at Reign of the Supermen, DC Universe’s next animated movie set to be released in 2019.  All formats are available on Amazon, with the DVD priced at $12.96, the Blu-ray Combo Pack at $17.96, and the Blu-ray 4K Combo Pack at $24.99.  There is also a limited-edition gift set (currently on Amazon for $23.74) which includes a Death of Superman figurine.

 

Headsup: Missions Impossible

 

In the Mission Impossible series of films, Tom Cruise stars as secret agent Ethan Hunt, who along with an elite support team chases down a variety of bad guys with lots of action, firepower, and kicksplosions in the mix.  Now out for the first time on 4K Ultra HD are all five films in the franchise, released just in time for the theatrical premiere of Mission: Impossible – Fallout. This is mostly a re-release as all of the bonus features outlined below have appeared on previous Blu-ray sets, but it’s important to note that the 4K Ultra HD, while just a bonus for some other films, may make a huge difference in your at-home viewing experience due to the extremely visual nature of the Mission: Impossible cinematic world.

Mission Impossible 4KMission: Impossible includes featurettes covering the history of the franchise (including the television series), Tom Cruise’s dedication to doing his own stunt work, the roles of real-life spies, and the creation of the film’s final action sequence. It also features a special look at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. (hosted by the museum’s Executive Director Peter Earnest), award ceremony tributes to Tom Cruise, “dossiers” on the film’s characters, promotional trailers and TV spots, and a photo gallery.  The 4K set is available on Amazon for $25.79.

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Headsup: Laughter, Tears, and Terminators

Forrest Gump 4KWinner of six Academy Awards (including Best Picture), Forrest Gump remains an iconic film that is beloved by old and new fans alike. Tom Hanks plays the endearing title character, whose incredibly sweet disposition and loyalty to family and friends more than compensates for his intellectual shortcomings. A rockstar roster of actors fills out the main cast as their stories of love and loss weave together against the backdrop of some of the most notable events of the twentieth century. The film is now out in a new 4K HD / Blu-ray set packed with special features. Bonus content includes multiple commentaries from the production team, featurettes on the production processes, special looks at the film’s innovative visual special effects and sound design, the historical significance of the film’s music, screen tests, and more. (It is important to note that several of these bonus featues mirror those on the film’s 2009 Blu-ray release, so if you already have that on the shelf, do some comparison before jumping into this new set to make sure you know what you’re getting.) The new 4K HD / Blu-ray is currently avaiilable on Amazon for $25.78.

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Top Ten Tips for Ultimate Thrift Store Shopping

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[Editor’s Note: Thrifting is fantastic. I’ve gotten some of my favorite t-shirts and jackets from such places. But nobody out-thrifts Thespia. If it becomes an Olympic sport, with her on the team, we’ve got it in the bag. No pun intended. She knows her stuff. -Widge]

How many times have you complimented a friend on a piece of clothing and heard the response, “Isn’t it great? And I got it for only five dollars!” Finding great deals isn’t as hard or as time consuming as many of us may believe. One of the easiest (and I daresay most fun) ways of saving tons of money on clothing, household items, etc. is to check out your local thrift store. Whether you’re a seasoned “thrifter” or have never set foot in a second-hand shop before, check out the tips below on how to make your trip smooth, effective, and enjoyable.
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Headsup: Check Out These Complete Collections and Buy South Park a Drink

Jackass Complete TV Movie CollectionIf you’re a fan of the Jackass television series and movies, you’ll be excited to know that the Jackass Complete Movie and TV Collection is now available in an eleven-disc DVD set.  Released just in time for Action Point (the newest movie in the franchise), the set features all seven films and the entire television series (presented in its unrated version). Thrilling stunts and uproarious pranks abound as Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, and Jason ‘Wee Man’ Acuña seek to fill their lives with as much hilarity as possible.  Sadly there are no bonus features in this collection (I imagine all the hijinks create some fairly lively behind-the-scenes action and that these guys would provide some pretty colorful audio commentary, but there you have it.)  The Jackass Complete Movie and TV Collection is available on Amazon for $18.59, which considering the total run time of 979 minutes means you’re paying less than two cents a minute to experience everything Jackass.

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Headsup: Two Pair and a Joker

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

Gunsmoke Thirteenth Season Volume One Gunsmoke Thirteenth Season Volume Two
If you’re a fan of classic westerns, you’ll be happy to know that Season Thirteen of Gunsmoke is now out (spread across two DVD sets).  The series follows the adventures of iconic Old West hero Marshal Matt Dillon (played by Emmy Award nominee James Arness) as he strives to keep order amidst gunfights, bank robberies, murders, and other outlaw-ish activities, along with the help of his endearing deputy Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis).  Along for the ride are the alluring saloon mistress Miss Kitty (Emmy Award nominee Amanda Blake) and stalwart Doc Adams (Emmy Award winner Milburn Stone).  Volumes One and Two of Gunsmoke: The Thirteenth Season feature all twenty-five episodes of the 1967-1968 season (presented in color).  The only “bonus” features are original episodic trailers, which is a shame considering all they could have done with that; even though a lot of the cast and crew have gone to the big ranch in the sky, people like Burt Reynolds and Buck Taylor are still around (and I assume available to sit for a few hours to provide what would be very entertaining audio commentary).  That aside, if you’re a fan and want to make sure to get Season Thirteen on the shelf, this is your chance to grab it.  Both Volume One (fifteen episodes) and Volume Two (ten episodes) are currently available on Amazon for $22.96.

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Headsup: Music, Mayhem, and Manicurists

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay and Claws: The Complete First Season. The opinions I share are my own.

Can anyone conjure up a cuter image of (literal) puppy love than when Lady and the Tramp share a strand of spaghetti in their eponymous film?  Fans will be glad to know that the classic movie is now out on Blu-ray as the sixth title in the Walt Disney Signature Collection (alongside Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Bambi, and The Lion King).  This new release presents the film in its original theatrical version, a sing-along version, and an “Inside Walt’s Story Meetings” version, where the viewer hears reenactments of Walt’s story sessions with animators as the film runs.  Along with previously released bonus features (a featurette with memories from Walt’s daughter and a look at the never-recorded song “I’m Free as the Breeze” meant for Tramp), new bonus features in the Signature Collection release include deleted scenes, a special about the dogs Walt Disney had over his lifetime, a tour of Walt’s historically re-created office on the lot, and a lesson on how to make the perfect meatball from teen chef Amber Kelley and Oh My Disney show host Alexys Gabrielle.  All disc versions of Lady and the Tramp: Signature Collection are now available on Amazon– the Multi-Screen Edition set (Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy) is currently priced at  $23.99, the Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook at $41.75, and the Storybook Edition (which also includes a 32-page storybook) at $41.80.

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Headsup: Heroes, Heroines, and Robot Chickens

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of LEGO DC Super Heroes: The Flash and Major Crimes: The Sixth and Final Season. The opinions I share are my own.

Robot Chicken Walking DeadIf you’ve ever thought that Walking Dead could be improved by adding spongy puppets to the mix, your prayers have been answered!  Following the acclaimed specials Robot Chicken: Star Wars and Robot Chicken DC, Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken late-night sketch show now brings new life to the undead with The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking.  The 22-minute special tells the “secret history” of some of the best Walking Dead moments and features an all-star cast, including Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, and Sarah Wayne Callies.  The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking is being released on March 27 on Blu-ray and DVD, which also includes cut sketches, behind-the-scenes and “making of” featurettes, and exclusive commentary from The Walking Dead showrunner / executive producer Scott M. Gimple, Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, The Walking Dead creator / executive producer Robert Kirkman, and director Tom Sheppard.  The special is available for pre-order on Amazon on Blu-ray and DVD for $14.42 and $9.96, respectively.

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Headsup: Action, Antics, Animation, and Attorneys

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of Animal Kingdom: The Complete Second Season and The Guardian: The Complete Series. The opinions I share are my own.

 

Jackie Gleason Show in ColorWhen you’re in need of some old-school laughs, the Jackie Gleason Show may be just the ticket. Gleason starred as the boisterous working-class “everyman” host of his variety show, which ran from 1952 to 1970 in various forms and included singing, dancing, comedy sketches, and beloved celebrity guests.  In 1966 the show broke its 14-year streak of filming in New York in favor of Miami Beach Florida (to accommodate Gleason’s love of playing golf), bringing even more energy and life to what was already a much-loved show. Newly released master tapes from the vaults in South Florida are now available on DVD from Time Life as The Jackie Gleason Show in Color, which features four remastered and never-before-sold episodes along with Gleason and Art Carney in three Honeymooners sketches not seen since their original airing. Featured guests include Milton Berle, Red Buttons, George Carlin, Nipsey Russell, and Phil Silvers (among several others). The Jackie Gleason Show in Color is currently available on Amazon for $7.30.

Duckman Complete SeriesIf you enjoy irreverent humor and animated antiheroes, you may already be a fan of the three-time Emmy-nominated series Duckman. Duckman, voiced by Jason Alexander (of Seinfeld fame), is a rude and crude private eye who strives to balance his career of solving crimes with being a single dad to his less-than-stellar sons without sacrificing a single opportunity to make a cutting remark or a lewd joke. Now out in a ten-disc DVD set is Duckman: The Complete Series, which includes all four seasons of the show as well as multiple bonus features. Extras include an examination of Duckman’s journey from comics to television, an interactive “Six Degrees of Duckman” feature, video of drawings and animation from the unaired pilot episode, storyboards, pencil tests, and more. Duckman: The Complete Series is now available on Amazon for $22.89, which at a total run time of over twenty-six hours evens out to about 87 cents per hour of content— not a bad deal for old or new fans. (It is good to note that this is a cartoon series aimed at adults, so if you haven’t seen the series yourself, definitely check it out before gifting it to a younger loved one.)

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