Headsup: Teenage Drama

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

As if hormones and problem skin weren’t enough, the teens in two new releases have quite a lot on their plates:

 

Teen Titans Blu-rayAdapted from the adored 1984 DC comic series, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract rejoins the Teen Titans five years after their rescue of Princess Starfire (Kari Wahlgren) from her evil sister.  Now they have their sights set on a new target as Brother Blood (Gregg Henry) and his terrorist group seek to steal the team’s powers with a specially created machine.  With the addition of mysterious new team member Terra (Christina Ricci) and a cat-and-mouse chase with the mercenary Deathstroke (Miguel Ferrer), the Teen Titans are rarely afforded a dull moment.  This film is sequel to Justice League vs Teen Titans and is #28 in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series which began back in 2007 with Superman: Doomsday.  It also features Miguel Ferrer’s final film role (as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke) before he passed away from throat cancer in January.  Like most of the others in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line, the film is rated PG-13 (for language, sexual situations, and violence), so be aware before showing or gifting to little ones.
 
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is being released direct to home media and is now available in DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats.  The Blu-ray version has over 45 minutes of bonus features, including a sneak peek at Batman and Harley Quinn (the next film in the DC Universal Original Movie collection), “Villains Rising: Deathstroke” (a featurette about the villain’s origin and talents), “Titanic Minds: Wolfman and Perez” (a 27-minute documentary about the decades-long collaboration of Marv Wolfman and George Perez, the writer and artist who created the Teen Titans comic series relaunch in the 1980s), and “From the DC Comics Vault”, two bonus Teen Titans cartoons.  For a limited time, fans can also own the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray Gift Set, which includes a Blue Beetle figurine.  Amazon offers digital options to rent or buy ($4.99 and $19.99 respectively) as well as the the DVD (only the film, no bonus features) for $12.96 and the Deluxe Blu-ray Set for $24.99.

 

Monster Trucks Blu-rayMonster Trucks tells the story of Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior desperate to escape the troubles of his fractured family life in North Dakota.  Tripp discovers and befriends a displaced creature (“Creech”) who feeds on oil and helps Tripp make his makeshift monster truck run.  When executives from an oil company put a professional hit out on Creech, the two do everything in their power to reunite Creech with his own family and to protect each other along the way.  In addition to Lucas Till, the film stars Jane Levy (Meredith), Amy Ryan (Cindy Coley), Thomas Lennon (Dr. Dowd), and Rob Lowe (Reece Tenneson).
 
The film is now available for digital rental and purchase and is on both DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack.  Along with a digital HD copy of the film (accessible through UltraViolet), the Blu-ray also boasts a selection of extras, including “Who’s Driving the Monster Trucks?” (interview segments with the cast and crew about the production and story), “Creating the Monster Truck” (which focuses on how the production team made Tripp’s vehicle), “The Monster in the Truck” (a featurette on the CG visual effects in select scenes), ten minutes of production diaries, six deleted scenes, and a gag reel.  For a limited time, those who purchase the Blu-ray Combo Pack also receive a pack of collectible Monster Trucks wall decals.  The film is available on Amazon for digital rent/purchase ($4.99/$14.99), the DVD currently goes for $17.99, and the Blu-ray Combo Pack for $19.99.
By | 2017-09-24T22:24:35+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Let’s Have Drinks!

Out now from Paramount Home Media are two titles that show just how funny things can get when people are in their cups…
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Office Christmas Party Blu-rayFirst we have Office Christmas Party, the story of a soon-to-close Chicago branch of a tech company which decides to try to land a life-saving client by means of a huge Christmas party that turns out to be a bacchanalian mess.  The film stars Jennifer Anniston as Scrooge-like CEO Carol Vanstone and T.J. Miller as her man-of-the-people brother Clay along with an ensemble cast, including Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Kate McKinnon, Rob Corddry, Jillian Bell, Vanessa Bayer, Sam Richardson, Fortune Feistier, and Courtney B. Vance.  The film grossed $114 million worldwide and, while it received mixed reviews from critics, was a welcome piece of lighthearted escapism for many fans.  The film is now out on both Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, although if you want access to the unrated version (which includes footage not seen in theaters), you’ll have to go with the Blu-ray option.  Bear in mind, the unrated version is only five minutes longer than the theatrical one. Also exclusive to the Blu-ray Combo Pack are some additional bonus features, including commentary on the theatrical version by directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck (who you may recall also joined forces on Blades of Glory), “Throwing an Office Christmas Party” (where the cast and crew discuss real Christmas parties and making the movie), a special named “Outtakes” which is really more like multiple takes of some of the actors improving alternate lines, and five deleted scenes.  The DVD has the theatrical version of the film only.

For those who want to grab it now and not wait for next holiday season, you can rent the HD digital version of the theatrical release on Amazon for $5.99 or purchase it on both Amazon and iTunes for $14.99.  You can also purchase the unrated version digitally on Amazon for $14.99 (for some reason there’s no rental option on that one.)  Another oddity is that (at least at the time of this writing) on Amazon the pricing for the DVD and the Blu-ray are the same at $17.99.  (No idea why on that one, but I would say if you like the extras and the option to have both the theatrical and unrated versions for no extra coin, go ahead and jump on the Blu-ray while you can.)

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:35+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Historical Fiction

 

Fans of historical fiction will be excited about the release of two new titles now out on Blu-ray and DVD:

 

Fences Blu-rayFirst we have the critically-acclaimed film Fences, based on August Wilson’s 1985 stageplay of the same name.  The play won both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize in 1987, and thirty years later the film (adapted for the screen largely by Wilson himself) has continued the winning streak, garnering Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG awards (among multiple others), most of which are due to the masterful leading performances of Viola Davis and Denzel Washington (Washington also directed the film.)  The story (which was the sixth installment of Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle”) centers around former African American baseball player Troy Maxson as he struggles to redefine his own identity and to make a living for himself and his loved ones in the tumultuous and challenging world of 1950s Pittsburgh.

The film is now out on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and digital HD.  The Blu-ray option not only features the film in both disc and digital form, but also over 30 minutes of bonus material, including “Expanding the Audience: From Stage to Screen” (comments from Denzel Washington, the play’s 2010 Broadway director Kenny Leon, and others about transitioning the story from play to film formats), “The Company of Fences” (which looks at the cast in general, many of whom also appeared in the recent Broadway production), and “Playing the Part: Rose Maxson” (where Viola Davis discusses bringing her role to life), along with “Building Fences: Denzel Washington” and “August Wilson’s Hill District”, two featurettes about the joys and challenges of the film’s production process. Denzel Washington fans will also appreciate  the “bonus bonus” that comes with the Blu-ray option — for a limited time, purchasing this set also gets you a free digital copy of The Manchurian Candidate (be aware that the code does expire in June, so if you go that route make sure you don’t forget to take advantage of it within that window).  Digital HD options are available for both rental and purchase on Amazon and iTunes ($4.99 / $9.99 and $5.99 / $14.99 respectively).  If you want it on disc form (keep in mind the DVD doesn’t include those bonus features), you can grab both on Amazon: the Blu-ray is currently priced at $19.99 and the DVD is $17.99

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:35+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Stories From Japan

Out this month are three releases of stories from the Land of the Rising Sun:

Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 Blu-rayFirst we have Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 (you can see our coverage of Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 here), which follows the continuing adventures of Usagi as she now must face new foes in the form of the Spectre Sisters  and a mysterious girl with pink hair as they threaten to take the Silver Crystal.  This set contains episodes 15-26 of the rebooted series (the Black Moon Arc) and is available in standard DVD, standard Blu-ray combo, and Limited Edition Blu-ray combo packs.  Both Blu-ray options also have some bonus features, including a digital art gallery, clean opening and ending songs, and an interview with Momoiro Clover Z, the Japanese girls’ group that sings the theme songs for the series.  The Limited Edition set also boasts some additional extras, including an exclusive chipboard box, a 96-page art booklet with episode summaries, and six full-color art cards.  Fans should also be aware that  RightStufAnime.com (yes, only one f in the URL) also offered an exclusive Sailor Moon sun catcher with purchase but they were so popular that they’ve already sold out, so if you want that option, keep your eyes peeled on eBay and the like.  On Amazon you can snag the DVD set there for $27.99, the Blu-ray Combo set for $53.98, and the Limited Edition Blu-ray set for $62.19.

 

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:36+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Anime, Headsup|1 Comment

Headsup: Make ’em Laugh

 

If you’re a fan of the hilarious world of Carol Burnett et al., you’re in luck with two new spring releases from Time Life:

Best Tim Conway DVD
First we have The Carol Burnett Show: The Best of Tim Conway, which includes four episodes (ranging from 1969 to 1978) from the Emmy-winning series highlighting the comedic exploits of timeless funny man Tim Conway.  Conway began as a guest star on The Carol Burnett Show in 1967 and became a regular member of the cast in 1975, remaining until the series’ final season in 1978.  In addition to the five Emmy Awards he won for his work on the show, Conway brought to life some of its most iconic characters and sketches.  This collection’s episodes (three of which have never been previously released) feature his much-loved characters “Oldest Man” and “Mr. Tudball,” in addition to lesser-known (but equally amusing) appearances as an untraditional fairytale prince, a man with canine identity confusion, and the Lone Ranger.  Fans will also be pleased to see that Episode 513 (December 1, 1971) includes the famous Dentist sketch featuring Tim Conway facing off against Harvey Korman as the latter struggles to maintain self-control in the face of Conway’s targeted and epic goofiness.  No special features on this one (which is a shame, since Time Life is pretty great at those), but fans will appreciate the content nonetheless.  The set is scheduled for release on April 4 and is available for pre-order on DVD on Amazon for $12.95.

 

Mama's Family Favorites DVDNext we have the Carol Burnett Show spinoff Mama’s Family, which originated from “The Family”, one of Burnett’s favorite sketch series on the show which was even made into a TV movie (Eunice) in 1982 before breaking out as its own series.  After a somewhat rocky start (being cancelled after its first season), Mama’s Family was put back on the air in 1986 and enjoyed a successful run (even earning the distinction of being the highest rated sitcom in first-run syndication) until its completion in 1990.  The storyline revolves around homespun Southern matriarch Thelma “Mama” Harper and her somewhat dysfunctional family as they come to a head over weddings, money, education, sex, death, chili recipes, and more.  Now out is Mama’s Family: The Mama’s Family Favorites Collection, which includes 37 complete episodes over six discs selected by the show’s star Vicki Lawrence.  The DVD set (which, like the set above contains only the episodes, no bonus content) is currently available on Amazon for $49.99.  Do be aware that this is not a comprehensive collection; there was a Complete Collection set released in 2014 (which you can currently grab on Amazon for $84.91) that included all 130 episodes plus 12 hours of Time Life’s signature awesome bonus content.  The question, then, is whether you prefer the “Mama’s Favorites”, which gives a good sampling of episodes spread over all six seasons and has a lower price point, or the all-inclusive Complete Collection option for $35 more.  Decisions, decisions!

By | 2017-09-24T22:24:36+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Women– Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Tell if They’re International Double Agents…

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

Ah, the 90s…the days of the Clinton White House, double-reverse front pleated pants, Fuller House Season 1 DVDand of course, Full House on ABC. The story of widower Danny Tanner raising his three young daughters as part of a mixed family unit, it was ever a fan favorite, launching the careers of the Olsen Twins and showing America that John Stamos is so outrageously handsome he can even look good in a mullet. Last February series creator Jeff Franklin debuted its sequel, Fuller House, on Netflix, which this past Christmas was approved for a third season (now 18 episodes) to be released later this year. This sequel series follows the family’s eldest daughter D.J. Tanner-Fuller (now a widow herself) as she navigates raising her three sons with the help of friends and family. In addition to some fresh faces, the cast of the original series (minus the Olsen twins doubling as Michelle) returns, including original “dads” Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, and John Stamos (also one of the show’s producers). While the reboot has received mixed reviews from critics, it has already received two Teen Choice Awards (one for Choice Comedy TV Show and one to Candace Cameron Bure as Choice Actress in a TV Comedy) and a People’s Choice Award (Favorite Premium Comedy Series). Now out on DVD is the complete first season, which includes all thirteen episodes across two discs. Even though there is plenty of room for bonus features a la interviews with the creators and cast about what it’s like to breathe life into the story again after twenty years, etc, this set just features the episodes themselves (they may very well be waiting to include such extras in future releases, especially since the show is already in its third season). Since it’s a Netflix original you can obviously get it there, but if you don’t have that access (or you’re gifting to someone who doesn’t) and you’re a big fan of the Full / Fuller House world (also remember DVD sales is one way they judge whether or not to renew a series), you can currently snag the DVD on Amazon for $17.99.

 

Allied 4K Ultra HD Blu-raySo you meet this girl. She’s sexy. She’s smart. And (both of you being WWII spies) you have so much in common. But when it’s revealed that she might be working with the enemy and you either have to prove her innocent in three days or take her out, what’s a guy to do? Such is the quandary of Intelligence Officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) in Allied as he struggles to discover the truth about his wife Marianne (Marion Cotillard). Directed by the Academy Award-winning giant Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) and packed with the talent of two Oscar-winning co-stars, the film received favorable reviews from critics and fans alike, grossing $118 million worldwide during its theatrical run.  Allied is now out on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and 4k Ultra HD Combo Pack, the latter two featuring over an hour of extras. Bonus features on these include Guys and Gals (a featurette on the ensemble cast), ‘Til Death do Us Part (an examination of the relationship between the two main characters), From Stages to the Sahara (which discusses the film’s production design), A Stitch in Time (examining the Oscar-nominated costume design), Through the Lens (a special on Zemeckis and his direction of the film), as well as featurettes on the story, visual effects, vehicles, weapons, and awesome 1940s music of the film. Throughout all of the special features, you get a real sense of how excited and privileged the cast and crew felt to be part of this particular project (and to be working with the talent involved). All three media formats of the film are available on Amazon— currently the DVD goes for $14.99 (remember no bonus features on that one), the Blu-ray Combo Pack goes for $19.99, and the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack goes for $26.99. Amazon also offers a digital rental option for $5.99 and both it and iTunes offer digital purchase for $14.99 (although note that you can get the DVD for the same price as that option). Basically, if you’re a fan of the film and have $6-$27 to spend, you have five different options of how to get it, so doubtless at least one will fit your needs.

By | 2017-09-24T22:24:36+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Animation

 
Out now are two new releases from the animation world to help us see the lighter side of life:

 

Powerpuff Girls Tiara Trouble DVDFirst we have The Powerpuff Girls: Tiara Trouble.  After over a decade since they left the air in 2005, Buttercup, Bubbles, and Blossom returned to Cartoon Network in April of 2016 to continue to fight crime in Townsville, coming up against villainous foes such as Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Princess Morbucks, Manboy, the Gangreen Gang, and others.  The reboot follows the successful run of the Powerpuff Girls series (fun tidbit: it was originally titled Whoopass Stew!), which garnered several award nominations and wins in addition to a feature film, a series of video games, and a merchandise line.  The new series (starring Natalie Palamides as Buttercup, Kristen Li as Bubbles, and Amanda Leighton as Blossom) has itself received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program and has enjoyed respectable viewership numbers, reaching over 19 million viewers its first four weeks on the air.  New and old fans of the Powerpuff heroine trio will be happy to know that the first season of the reimagined series is now out on DVD, including all twelve episodes plus a bonus sticker pack (available on Amazon for $9.96).  The series is also available on both iTunes and Amazon video for $2.99 per episode or $19.99 for the complete season (be aware that on both it’s simply titled The Powerpuff Girls: Vol. 1 even though it’s the new Tiara Trouble series).  The full season streaming options do also include the bonus 2-minute music video for “Who’s Got the Power?”, but in my opinion that certainly isn’t worth doubling the price.  Remember also that these episodes are geared toward the goldfish-like attention spans of kids at eleven minutes each, so keep that in mind when considering how much content you get in relation to cost.

 

Next is Beavis and Butt-Head: The Complete Collection, the story of two teenage delinquents Beavis and Butt-Head The Complete Collection DVDwho love heavy metal, music videos, couch surfing, and voicing monosyllabic critiques of their environment and culture.  The series, created by (and starring) Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Office Space, Idiocracy), originated from the 1992 short film Frog Baseball and was later developed by MTV into the show fans would grow to love (and emulate).  The series ran from 1993-1997 and later was brought back for an eighth season in 2011; it was also turned into the 1996 feature film Beavis and Butthead Do America.  This collection is a compilation of the previously released Mike Judge Collection sets, series revival, and the feature film, including bonus features such as the MTV 20th Anniversary Special, VMA appearances, a Thanksgiving Special with Kurt Loder, a panel discussion from 2011 Comic-Con with Mike Judge, and more.  (No new material for this collection–it’s more a case of just having it all in one set.)  It’s also important to note that the episodes themselves are edited (by Judge himself) because there are still rights complications for music, television, etc that weren’t an issue during the airing of the original series but are, of course, for home release.  If you’re expecting a complete-complete-complete collection, therefore, you may be waiting a while, but if you’re a fan who’s just happy to have everything available to-date in one place, this may be a set for you.  If so, you can snag it on DVD on Amazon for $26.99 (no Blu-ray option for this one right now…maybe in the future.)

By | 2017-09-24T22:24:37+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Animation, Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Making Connections

Out this month are two films whose characters suddenly find themselves in circumstances that change their worlds, prompting them to form otherwise-unlikely bonds with each other:

 

King New Orleans
First we have The King of New Orleans, Brian R. Friedman’s independent film that follows New Orleans cabbie Larry Shirt (David Jensen, Ocean’s Eleven, The Mist, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as he drives everyone from across the social spectrum around the Big Easy.  One of his fares is possibly-expelled Harvard student Bobby Cohn (Richard Brien, Nashville), and the two form a friendship later tested by the epic challenges of Hurricane Katrina.  The film won multiple awards at the Napa Valley Film Festival, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, and the New Orleans Film Festival, and it is the feature-length debut of Allen Frederic (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, People), who co-directed the film with creative team Coodie & Chike (Benji, Good Morning).  The King of New Orleans will be out on digital platforms (including Amazon and iTunes) on February 21st (timed to tie in with Mardis Gras on the 28th) but is already available on DVD on Amazon for $14.99.   No special features on this one, which is sad because it seems like such a heart-centered project for the creators (and I’m sure they have some crazy behind-the-scenes stories they could tell since it was filmed on location in New Orleans).  If you simply love independent film and/or New Orleans, though, this may be worth checking out.

 

Next is Arrival, the story of elite linguist and translator Louise Banks (Amy Adams) who, Arrivalalongside physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), is called upon to form lines of communication with recently-landed aliens.   The film has already won BAFTA, AFI, and Critics’ Choice Awards (among others) and has eight 2017 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.  The film is now out on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.  The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray formats also include over an hour of bonus features surrounding the themes of how we understand time and language, including: a 30-minute feature on xenolinguistics (the study of hypothetical alien language), a talk with Sylvain Bellemare, Michelle Child, and Dave Whitehead about the intricate sound design and the role it plays in the storytelling, Johann Johannson discussing the score, and two featurettes that examine how the filmmakers approached the human processes of linear thinking, time perception, memory, and language.  On Amazon, the DVD is $14.99 (remember, no bonus features), the Blu-ray is $19.99, and the 4K Combo Pack is $24.99.  Both iTunes and Amazon Video also offer the option to rent or purchase digitally (for $5.99 and $14.99 respectively).  With this one I’d suggest (1) taking into account how important sound is to the film and how each format works with your home’s particular sound system, and (2) noting that the 80 minutes of extras (which are pretty cool) add up to a feature-film-length amount of bonus content, so if you’re choosing between the DVD and one of the other formats, that might be a deciding factor.

 

By | 2017-09-24T22:24:37+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Witches, Superheroes, and Vampire-Snake Hybrids

Sabrina Down Under DVD

If you were a child of the 90s, you probably remember Melissa Joan Hart in her role as Sabrina Spellman, the almost-normal teenage girl who happens to possess magical powers, in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Based on the Archie comic series (same title), the show ran from 1996-2000 on ABC and then from 2000-2003 on The WB. Now out on DVD is the 1999 spinoff TV movie Sabrina Down Under, where Sabrina goes to Australia along with her magic cat Salem (Nick Bakay) and fellow witch Gwen (Tara Charendoff). While there, Sabrina encounters a colony of mermaids and mermen whose well-being is threatened by pollution and she must call upon her powers as a witch to help them.  Also starring in the film are Scott Michaelson and Lindsay Sloane as mer-people and Peter O’Brien as fame-hungry marine biologist and antagonist Dr. Julian Martin.  The film is available to Hulu subscribers and is available now on DVD on Amazon for $9.99. There are no bonus features with this release, but it should be noted that this is the first time the film has been made available in disc form—-the recent release of Season 7 of the series did include the other tv movie (Sabrina Goes to Rome) as part of the bonus content, but not this one, so if you’re a fan collecting all things Sabrina, this is your chance!

 

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:37+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Kings and Queens

 

Power, love, influence, wealth, and family legacy all come to a head in two new releases out now from PBS and Paramount:

 

Victoria Season One Blu-rayFirst we have Victoria, the sweeping Masterpiece / ITV costume drama that has taken audiences by storm.  (Apparently ITV underestimated the show’s popular reception, declining to opt for the much-loved and oh-so-British “Christmas special” in 2016 and then making a complete turnabout for 2017’s plan after they saw the show’s ratings.  ITV is now reportedly expecting it to run for six seasons.)  The series stars Jenna Coleman in the title role along with Tom Hughes as Prince Albert and Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne (if you can’t put your finger on why he looks familiar, he’s the evil Nazi guy from The Man in the High Castle.)  The first season follows Queen Victoria’s early years as head of the British Empire as she goes from being a teenage girl to a new queen to a wife to a mother, all with the burdens of operating as a constitutional monarch weighing heavily upon her petite shoulders.  Season One is now available on DVD and on Blu-ray (on Amazon for $22.99 and $35.59 respectively).  Bonus features include interviews with Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, and Rufus Sewell, a featurette on how creators used CGI to do things such as create busy period streets and fill a cathedral full of spectators, and a tour with Neil Hudson (Skerrett) and Tommy Knight (Brodie) through the sprawling Buckingham Palace set.  It should be noted that the entire season (including the extras) is available on iTunes for $19.99, so if all you want is the content itself versus a disc, this may be one of the times to go with the digital option to save a few bucks without having to sacrifice bonus features.

 

Also in the mix is Dynasty, the 80s-tastic story of oil king Blake Carrington, his secretary-turned-wife  Dynasty First Season DVDKrystle, and the drama surrounding them as they navigate living at the top of the social spectrum in their 48-room Denver mansion.  The series debuted in 1981 and (after a rocky first season) experienced steadily rising ratings until it became the #1 show in the US in 1985. Purportedly based on Robert Graves’ I, Claudius, the show was the ultimate mix of luxury, romance, and tragedy played out by devastatingly beautiful and glamorous characters.  Throughout its run the show received multiple award nominations (24 from the Emmys alone) and won multiple People’s Choice Awards, Soap Opera Digest Awards, and a Golden Globe.  Fans loved the world of Dynasty so much that it inspired a successful fashion line as well as a spin-off series (The Colbys).  Season One is now available on DVD, featuring all fourteen episodes across four discs, plus a few bonus features (including interviews with Al Corley (Steven Carrington) and Pamela Sue Martin (Fallon Carrington Colby) along with the behind-the-scenes featurette Family, Furs, and Fun: Creating Dynasty).  Amazon Prime members can get the season as part of their subscription (no luck on Netflix).  The DVD set is available on Amazon for $14.99 (no Amazon video option), which evens out to around $1.07 per episode (plus bonus content).  On iTunes you can also get individual episodes for $1.99 each or the whole season (with no bonus features) for $19.99, but unless you just don’t have access to a DVD player or Amazon Prime, this is definitely not the best as there are no bonus features included (less content for at least $5 more cost.)  If you can, definitely check it on on Amazon Prime—nothing better than watching a story about mega millionaires without it costing a dime!

By | 2017-09-24T22:24:38+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments