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.

Whether you’re one of the 15 million+ viewers that caught the show this season or are new and looking to do a quick binge to get into the series, now is a good time to catch up to be ready for Season Three (which airs on Fox starting September 21.)

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.

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:

5 Featurettes:

  • Jensen Ackles on Directing “The Bad Seed”
  • On Set with SPN: The Real Fan Contest
  • The Winchester Mythology: Shedding Light on the Darkness
  • Digital Magic: Enhancing the Sets with VFX
  • 2015 Comic-Con Panel

 

  • Audio Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

 

For hardcore “love it” fans, the featurettes are an additional opportunity to explore the new areas the show has entered, both in front of the camera and behind. The specials on Jensen Ackles directing Episode 3 – “The Bad Seed,” the Winchester Mythology, and the use of VFX aren’t amazingly groundbreaking or anything, but they are interesting and give some additional depth to the viewer’s understanding of the creative processes behind the show. On Set with SPN is a documentary of any mega-fan’s dream as it follows two winners of the Supernatural “Become A Hunter” contest as they enjoy their prize of spending a day on set. And if you missed Comic-Con 2015, this is your chance to see Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, producer Jeremy Carver and writer Andrew Dabb discuss Season 11.

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The audio commentaries will be a plus for any fan because they give that extra bit of background that you simply can’t get just by watching the show. The deleted scenes are mostly obvious why they were cut, and the gag reel is amusing, particularly because the show can get so dark sometimes and the contrast is fun.

The set is available on Amazon for $36.99, which equates to each episode costing the viewer about $1.61 per episode–not bad, and made even better when you add in the 4+ hours of additional content from the extras. To sum up: if you’re one of the hardcore haters, you would be crazy to get this because it’s a show you hate, if you are a hardcore “used to love it” fan, this set won’t change your mind, but if you’re a hardcore “love it” fan who also loves seeing how it all comes together, this set is a very good addition to your library.

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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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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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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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    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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    Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #51: Fard

    Aaron Poole's Word-a-Week!

    You thought Word-a-Week was gone for good. But since everything is trying to emulate Marvel these days, resurrection can come pretty easy. Or at least reasonably priced. Wordmonger Aaron Fever is back for a third series of one my favorite things ever. So once more: accept no substitutes! This word is one you can use! In conversation! You can even use it on Twitter and Facebook! And the best part is: this word is free for you to use and share! It is guaranteed DRM-free.

    Also, this happened because you and people like you supported his Patreon. Do it. It will make you feel all tingly. More of Aaron’s shenanigans can be found at aaronfever.com.
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    Howdy Folks.

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    Warning: The post that follows is 96% serious. Our usual irregular silliness will resume very shortly.

    Things have been weird around here for the past long while, for which I apologize. I appreciate everyone’s support and patience as I’ve been trying to sift through this madness. Towards the end of last year, I got involved with finalizing a very large project which was finally released in January. Most recently, just as we were trying to get back underway, the back end of the site broke which required some updates and black magic to fix.

    In between the two, I started a foundation to fight neurodegenerative diseases. And I did this because my mother died.

    That’s her in the picture up there–a picture which proves two things. First, my mother is one of the few people who actually managed to make 70s fashion work for her while it was working against most of the rest of humanity. Second, at one point in the distant past, I may actually have been cute.

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