Headsup: Superheroes, Lawyers, and Anime

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fourth Season”. The opinions I share are my own.

Supergirl Season 4“In season four, Supergirl faces a bigger threat than she’s ever faced before – a new wave of anti-alien sentiment, spreading across National City that’s fomented by Agent Liberty. As Kara mentors a new reporter at CatCo, Nia Nal, and tries to use the power of the press to shine a light on the issues threatening to tear the city apart, Supergirl takes to the skies to battle the many villains who rise up in this era of divisiveness. But how does Supergirl battle a movement when she, herself an alien, represents one of the main things people are fearful of?” — Warner Brothers

Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season is now out on DVD and Blu-ray, both of which feature all twenty-two episodes of Season Four along with several extras. Bonus content includes the 3-part “Elseworlds” superhero crossover event with Arrow and The Flash, three featurettes (“Villains: Modes of Persuasion”, “Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds”, and “Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2018”), deleted scenes, and a gag reel. You can snag the DVD on Amazon for $23.85 and the Blu-ray for $26.39.

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4“After defeating the demon Mallus by cuddling him to death last season, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow join John Constantine and Ava Sharpe’s Time Bureau to save their world – and their legacy – from magical creatures from myths, fairytales and legends who have escaped and infected history. As the Legends time-travel across historical events and encounter famous figures, they now have to contend with an added shot of magical craziness!” — from Warner Brothers

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 24th. The sets will have all sixteen episodes from Season Four with a handful of bonus features, including two featurettes (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Post Production Theater” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Legendary Storytelling”), some unaired scenes, and a gag reel. Both formats are available for pre-order on Amazon, with the DVD currently priced at $17.99 and the Blu-ray at $22.99.

FLCL Progressive“The follow-up to one of the most insane anime ever created, FLCL: Progressive brings together members of the original team with a whole new generation of creators. From the legendary anime studio Production I.G and Adult Swim. FLCL: Progressive tells the story of 14-year-old Hidomi, her classmate Ide, and two otherworldly beings, “Jinyu” and “Haruha Raharu,” who are determined to unlock their hidden potential. Mixed up in this is an all-powerful force known as “ATOMSK,” a gorgeous Chrysler Bel Aire… and a certain Vespa Scooter.” — from Cartoon Network

FLCL: Progressive is coming out on DVD on October 1. In addition to all six episodes of the sequel, the DVD will also boast two featurettes (“Meet the Creators” and “The Pillows”) about the new era of the show and how the band The Pillows became tied to the series. Fans should also note that the DVD offers both English and Japanese audio. To pre-order, you can check out the DVD at Best Buy (currently priced at $14.99).

Good Fight Season 3“The world went crazy in the The Good Fight’s second season, and now, in season three, the resistance does. Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) tries to figure out whether you can resist a crazy administration without going crazy yourself, while Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo) and Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald) struggle with a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells the best story triumphs over the lawyer with the best facts. Meanwhile, Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) balances a new baby with a new love, and Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) finds a new Mephistopheles in Roland Blum (Michael Sheen), a lawyer who is corruption incarnate.” — from CBS

The Good Fight: Season Three is out now on DVD, which presents all ten episodes of the third season. Bonus content on this one is decidedly light in the form of deleted scenes and a gag reel along with the pilot of Star Trek: Discovery, but if you want Season Three on the shelf, it gets the job done. CBS All Access members get the season as part of their subscription, while the rest of us can grab the DVD on Amazon for $28.99.

Headsup: The Gilded Age, LEGOs, and Elton John

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season”, “The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season”, and “LEGO® DC: Batman : Family Matters”. The opinions I share are my own.

“The Winchester brothers’ harrowing journey into the heart of darkness continues as Supernatural enters Season Fourteen. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have matched wits with monsters, demons, Heaven and Hell. But last season, the Winchesters and Castiel (Misha Collins) stumbled upon a terrifying alternative universe: an apocalyptic world where they were never born, all while training Jack (Alexander Calvert), the son of Lucifer, and trying to save their mother, Mary Winchester. The final battle with Lucifer and the Archangel Michael altered the Winchesters’ lives forever…and created an even greater threat for Sam and Dean. The boys are back and willing to risk everything for their loved ones in all twenty thrilling new adventures, including a historic 300th episode, with a Winchester family reunion never to be forgotten.” — from Warner Brothers

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Headsup: CMA, NYPD, NCIS, and More Letters

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Batman: Hush” and “Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season”. The opinions I share are my own.

“Taking home audiences from the early days of the CMA Awards to the present, CMA Awards Live: Greatest Moments 1968-2015 is a handsomely packaged 10-DVD collector’s set filled with 127 unforgettable performances from five decades of the nationally-televised ceremony. The set features performances from many of the premiere artists in the genre who’ve helped to shape the history of country music – Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Barbara Mandrell, Buck Owens and Kenny Rogers as well as artists who’ve nurtured the sound over the past decade and taken the music to new heights, like Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.” — from Time Life

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DragonCon 2019: Locating the Oddballs

Victorian weirdos

DragonCon is here. It stands on your welcome mat demanding to be let in. And just as you go to turn the deadbolt you remember… We don’t have a welcome mat…

Follow our Needcoffee feed for last minute updates. Where available, everyone’s first mention has their Twitter ID linked up–so feel free to follow folks for their latest weirdness. (Except in cases where they’ve been added to an earlier panel than I first had them–so they’re Twitter-linked on here somewhere. I’m old and lazy.) As always, this list is subject to change without notice or reason or rhyme.

As always, inevitably, there will be formatting and other stupid errors on this schedule. If you find something wrong, just ping me and we’ll get it fixed. DON’T PANIC. Trust me, I’ll tell you when to panic.

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Stuff: Never Mind the Cats, Check Out the Armored Bear

Lee Scoresbys balloon from His Dark Materials

There’s too much information out there. Especially when it comes to Comic-Con weekend. But don’t worry. Go on with your lives. I sift through this stuff so you don’t have to.

Because the Night is a four-part series coming to ITV across the pond (and then to the States and elsewhere eventually, of course) from Neil Cross, based on his novel Burial. Cross is the man who brought you Idris Elba as Luther, the first series of which is some of the most nail-biting television I’ve ever seen. As for the title, yes, I too finished it with “belongs to lovers.” Source.

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The Taste of Caffeinated Nostalgia

Back in my younger days, somewhere around 1891 or so, there were a number of classic soft drinks that were near and dear to my heart. There was Surge, the thinking man’s Mello Yello, which has returned and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. There was also the guarana-laced Josta, the best thing Pepsi ever created, which has yet to return. And there was Jolt Cola, much beloved among anyone who craved some liquid sleep and needed something to wash down the last pot of coffee.

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Headsup: Baseball, Batman, and Burial Grounds

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Gotham: The Complete Series”.  The opinions I share are my own.

Major LeagueMajor League is the hilarious story of a group of baseball misfits who rally to bring home the pennant.  The film features an all-star cast including Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen, Wesley Snipes, and Rene Russo.” — from Paramount

Major League is being re-released on Blu-ray and DVD in celebration of its 30th anniversary.  Both formats feature a handful of bonus features, including commentary by writer / director David S. Ward and producer Chris Chesser, three making-of featurettes, an alternate ending with an introduction from the creative team, a tour of Cerrano’s locker, and a photo gallery.  It’s important to note that this is exactly the same lineup of extras available on the 2009 release (and that the film is available for free on Amazon Prime).  However, at the current Amazon price points of $5.00 for the DVD and $8.59 for the Blu-ray, it’s not a bad deal if you’ve been wanting to add the film to your hard copy library.

Pet Sematary“After the Creed family relocates from Boston to rural Maine, they soon discover an ancient burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, the grief-stricken father is driven by the cemetery’s sinister power, setting off a perilous chain of events that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences. Some secrets are best left buried in this twisted thriller.” — from Paramount

Pet Sematary (2019) is now out on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD, the latter two of which feature over ninety minutes of bonus content. Extras include an alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, featurettes about the characters’ fears and the story of Timmy Baterman, and a four-part feature examining the film’s production process and story telling. The Blu-ray and 4K HD sets are both available on Amazon (for $22.96 and $27.96, respectively).  You can also snag the DVD there for $17.96, but considering that format doesn’t include bonus features and that you can get the streaming version of the film for just $14.99, in that case it might make more sense dollars-wise to go digital.

Gotham complete series“How did Commissioner Jim Gordon become one of the crime world’s greatest foes? And how did he battle the corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, spawning ground of the epic personas who would become Catwoman, Penguin, and Riddler? Find out with Gotham: The Complete Series, and, along the way, explore the friendship that helped young Bruce Wayne become the legendary crusader he was destined to be.” — from Warner Brothers

Gotham: The Complete Series is being released on July 9th in 26-disc DVD and 18-disc Blu-ray box sets, which include all 100 episodes of the show’s five-season run and previously released bonus features for each season.  On Amazon you can currently pre-order the DVD for $75.99 and the Blu-ray for $91.97.  Getting the single seasons on Amazon run a total of about $84 for the DVDs and $115 for the Blu-rays (and buying the digital seasons would total a whopping $145), so if you haven’t gotten any of the seasons on the shelf yet, either version of this set does save a few bucks.

Mtn Dew: Liberty Brew – Drink Review

Mountain Dew Liberty Brew
If you’re thinking that this drink is terrifying, well…you’re not wrong. (I’ve provided a backlit photo below so you can truly enjoy the blue-ness of this monstrosity.) Obviously this limited edition is geared towards July 4th here in the US, and well, “50 Flavors in One” is a very American sentiment either way you look at it.

Ideally, it could be 50 Flavors as in “look at what happens when you blend a bunch of stuff together like the melting pot experiment that this country is supposed to be!” Or, and more realistically, it could be 50 Flavors as in “look at what happens when you put 47 more flavors into a drink than is reasonable!” These are both truly American sentiments.

First thing upon opening the cap…not a lot of fizz. It could just be my bottle, though. What probably wasn’t just my bottle is the fact that it smells exactly like it looks. I’m not sure how to describe it except that, yes, it smells very…blue. Not blue as in “the classic music of the likes of Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson” but blue as in “this is in no way natural and it looks a bit like the blood of an alien.” It freaking smells that way. Just…blue. All the sugary drinks in childhood that you loved, this is what would cause those beloved drinks to wake up in the middle of the night screaming. That’s the smell I’m talking about.

As for taste, it tastes blue as well…and not even some cheery sort of cheeky kind of blue raspberry taste. It tastes blue like someone played some horrific taste-based version of “Telephone” with about sixteen people and this is what came out the other side when what you started with was blue raspberry. 50 Flavors? I guess I assumed those would be 50 different flavors, but it wasn’t. It was just…the taste of blue. The taste of blue with several tablespoons of sugar mixed into it.

Oddly, after this vicious assault on the tastebuds, it fades into the background, as though nothing happened. But you can tell something happened. There is the ghost of an aftertaste, like your tongue suddenly developed PTSD. And by that I mean, you’ll think the taste is gone and then it will surge forward again to freak you out, like your tongue is Tim Robbins in Jacob’s Ladder.

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It Was 52 Years Ago Today…

Beatles Sgt. Peppers

July 1, 1967 was the day that Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band started its fifteen week run at the top of the Billboard 100 chart. It is (un)arguably the greatest album of all time. But as big a fan as I am, I had some idea of how much had gone into the creation of it…but I’m not a real musician so I didn’t really grasp everything that was going on in it musically. That is, until I saw this excellent BBC documentary (aired on PBS stateside) in which musical composer Howard Goodall takes you through it. Highly recommended.

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