Headsup: Mike and Molly: the Sixth and Final Season on DVD

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NOTE: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD featured in this post. The opinions I share are my own.

Out now from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment is the sixth (and final) season of Mike & Molly, the show that (along with Bridesmaids) helped launch Melissa McCarthy into stardom and earned her her Emmy and People's Choice Awards.

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By |October 13th, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 13: Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women!

Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women

We begin tonight with Rox of Spazhouse sending over a television episode...

The 1950s ushered in many hour length programs that filled the television air waves. Experiments in short format stories with very young actors pushed the limits in storytelling in a new age. One such show was Suspicion, a show that only ran for one year: 1957-58. Importantly, this show was under executive producer and directing giant Alfred Hitchcock. Over the course of that year, under Hitchcock, forty-two episodes were produced. The first episode was directed by Hitch himself. And to think people are amazed when the likes of Martin Scorsese and David Lynch take the helm at the small screen format. We owe a lot to television storytelling by Hitchcock, and later, Serling.

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By |October 12th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Headsup: The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes -- Classic Carol on DVD

Carol Burnett Show Lost Episodes Classic Carol on DVDIf you read our recent feature on The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes Ultimate Collection and wished there was a more "bite-sized" version, you're in luck!  Coming out today from Time Life is The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes -- Classic Carol, available in one, three, and six-disc sets.  All three (like the ultimate set) feature episodes from the first five seasons of the series' run (1967-1972), none of which have been available for viewing until now (and that includes re-runs, streaming, etc.).  All three sets have the wonderful content the show has become famous for, such as sketches and movie satires (ex: "Once Upon a Water Bed," "Scene Stealers," "Tearjerker Theatre") and caricatures of the wacky commercials from the 60s-70s.  And of course rounding out the core cast of Carol, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, and Lyle Waggoner are the multi-talented guest stars (Lana Turner, Bernadette Peters, Robert Goulet, and others top a long list of five-star entertainers that appear...we even get to see Carol's charwoman character do an awesome blues duet with the incomparable Ray Charles).   The one-disc set has three episodes, the three-disc has seven, and the six-disc has fourteen.

The three and six-disc sets also have some nice bonus content via interviews with Randy Doney and Edward Villella (two of the show's incredible dancers) and a group conversation with a selection of the writers.  On top of that the six-disc set also has a few extra shows from Carol's [...]

By |October 11th, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 12: Frankenstein 1970!

Frankenstein 1970

For tonight's excursion into the realms of the fantastic and downright questionable, we take you to the little-seen sequel to the Claude Rains-starring classic. That's right, it's Son of the Invisible Man, which features the most expensive special effects available at the time the film was created.

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By |October 11th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 11: Squirm!

Squirm (1976)

For today's entry, we first kick off with a bit of Boris Karloff starring in an episode of his underrated show, Thriller. This one's from the second season and stars Karloff, plus very familiar faces--Elizabeth Montgomery, Tom Poston and John Carradine.

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By |October 10th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 10: Crack in the World!

Crack in the World (1965)

For this Sunday evening, let's begin with something I like to visit from time to time: Japanese movie trailers. Especially in the horror genre, with the right Japanese narrator speechifying at you and with the sort of imagery that the horror genre can provide, they can be pretty goddamn harrowing. Granted, nothing will ever come close to the grand weirdness that is HOUSE!!, but then again...what does? This is for 1964's Kwaidan, which, if you went just by the description, is a tale of everything plus madness and the absurdity of breathing.

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By |October 9th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 9: Not of This Earth!

Not of This Earth 1957

So we start tonight's madness with a personal favorite of mine: Ken Nordine providing his own creepy take on music from Pinocchio. He bookends the Disney covers album Stay Awake with this and "Desolation Theme," although I couldn't find the latter one to include here.

Tonight's feature film is the 1957 Not of This Earth, directed by Roger Corman and scribed by Charles B. Griffith (Little Shop of Horrors) and Mark Hanna (Attack of the 50 ft Woman). The premise? An alien from a withered world needs the blood of humanity to survive! Enjoy!

By |October 8th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween, Stimuli|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 8: Fiend Without a Face!

Fiend Without a Face

So tonight we open with a bit of Edgar Allan Poe, since we all need a dose of that from time to time. Especially when brought to you via the vocal cords of Sir Christopher Lee. It is one of my personal favorites, "The Cask of Amontillado." Yes, for the love of God.

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By |October 7th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 7: The New Addams Family & Black Friday!

Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff in Black Friday (1940)

First up for today, Cosette brought to my attention that the Addams Family had their own Halloween special way back in very colorful 1977. Pretty much the entire cast of the original show returned for this TV movie, although it was called Halloween With The New Addams Family, although they are really not new and they're certainly not tied to the actual New Addams Family series that would show up in 1998. But, you know, maybe this is the Earth-1 Addams Family. Who knows?

Speaking of that later series, I don't recall watching it or Addams Family Reunion, the movie that spawned it. I certainly didn't recall that Kevin McCarthy (the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers) was Grandpa Addams in that film, nor that John Astin would take over the role as a guest star in the 90s series. Regardless, here 'tis.

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By |October 6th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 6: Bradburypalooza!

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What’s not to like about October? Candy corn, Halloween, crisp cool air, leaves turned and dropped to the ground. The crunching noise of dried dead leaves. Wind whistling through the bare leaves. Darkness comes early.

At this time of year, my thoughts always turn to the landscape of change and to that imaginer of the strange, who wrote eloquent prose to ignite the imagination. I am talking about Ray Bradbury and his great body of literary work. Several occasions he spoke of meeting carnival folk in Illinois and one such person, a magician, befriended him. At some point this conjurer pointed a finger at him and announced, "You will live forever." It has been some time since his passing, but legend Ray Bradbury (Uncle Ray to us hardcore fans) is still very much alive to us.

I crack open my beat up paperback copy of October Country. (One day I will own Dark Carnival but that is another post.) Those of us who are blessed by being born in October really believe the book is for us and about us. We are the October's children. Stories I am recalling as I write this are bringing tears to my eyes. They are tears, though tears of happiness, because these stories--though creepy, strange and horrifying--bring me joy. The language of his prose had the power to place me into the mind of his main characters. Running through his landscape of autumn. October with its vibrancy of color and desolation; intensity then death. October and Ray Bradbury, and you can’t have one without the other. Both are magic.

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By |October 5th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments