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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: God Forbid a Clementine

James Acaster

Good morning. Welcome to Monday and another week where at any moment the Matrix we’re living inside of could blue screen and kill us all. Worrying about that, though, is pointless. Like stressing over the inevitable heat death of the universe. Or the inevitable return of bell bottoms.

Instead, let us take a few minutes to enjoy the madness of English comedian James Acaster. He is a very sick man, and we respect that.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:36+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Mental Sorbet|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #247: We Never Thought This Would Happen to Us, But…

Smokey and the Bandit Snowman Truck

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck…and holy shit, we’ve worked our way out of the 2015 recording archive and we careen into 2016. Amusingly, at the time of this recording, we still have no idea what a shitshow the year will be. Come join us and remember a kinder, more naive universe.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:37+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|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 […]

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.

 

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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 […]

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 […]

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