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Headsup – Space Travel, Lost Treasure, and 1950s Suburbia

From CBS: From two-time Emmy® Award-winner Mike McMahan, writer and executive producer of the hugely successful series “Rick and Morty,” STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS – SEASON TWO focuses on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos. The comedic series is back and better than ever following their adventures as they deal with changes in group dynamics, chasing promotions, and tons of sci-fi missions.

The good news for fans of the show is that there are bonus bits to be had. And we’re big fans of the bonus bits as you are well aware. There’s an overall second season featurette as well as a featurette regarding the sound for the show. The first season got an Emmy nom for “Outstanding Sound Editing for a (half-hour) Comedy or Drama Series, or Animation” which is both great on a CV and a very long award category name. There are also four episode audio commentaries as well as easter eggs and animatics. Fans of the show who want to add this to their permanent collection should find this worthy. Grab it at Amazon here.

From Paramount: Marcus Graham (Murphy) may be a success in his industry, but he’s also an insatiable womanizer who’s completely unprepared for his new boss, Jacqueline (Robin Givens), a female version of Marcus in terms of all things romantic. Eddie Murphy’s portrayal of hotshot advertising executive Marcus Graham made BOOMERANG a hit when it was first released in theaters on July 1, 1992. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Robin Givens, Halle Berry, David Alan Grier, Martin Lawrence, Grace Jones, Geoffrey Holder, Eartha Kitt, Chris Rock, John Witherspoon, Tisha Campbell, and Melvin Van Peebles, this celebrated comedy was ahead of its time in playfully challenging stereotypes. The movie’s hit soundtrack, featuring Babyface, Toni Braxton, and Boyz II Men, topped the Billboard charts and earned triple platinum status.

Since nearly everything, or so it seems, has hit Blu-Ray at the very least if not gone to 17K or whatever it is they’re up to by this week…it’s a surprise to hear “First time on Blu-Ray.” Especially significant comedies like this one. But hey, it’s the first time on Blu-Ray. As a result the content on this thirtieth anniversary release is all legacy, but quality: director Reginald Hudlin providing audio commentary on the film as well as extended and deleted scenes. Any fan of Eddie Murphy’s is going to want this on their shelf, and this is no doubt worth upgrading your copy to. Find it over on Amazon.

From CBS: In the latest season of BILLIONS, the dust clears to reveal a world that has evolved. With Axe (Damian Lewis, “Homeland”) gone and Michael Prince (Stoll) assuming his place, Chuck (Giamatti) must develop a new strategy that is keener and more sophisticated than before. All the players, from Wags (David Costabile, “Lincoln”) to Wendy (Maggie Siff, “Mad Men”), from Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon, “Orange Is the New Black”) to Sacker (Condola Rashad, “Sex and the City 2”), and of course Senior (Jeffrey DeMunn, “The Green Mile”), must sharpen their weapons and look for new alliances in order to survive. The ground is ever shifting and the stakes absolute with a new king, new war, and new rules.

What we have here is a rare case of a show losing its main antagonist and surviving to tell the tale. I had expected us to hear about this being the final season since such a major change to a series can spell its doom. (Nothing against Stoll, he’s always excellent.) But it’s been renewed for a seventh season, so here we are. And we’re here with all twelve episodes, although unfortunately scant bonus bits: a pair of bonus clips and a featurette. For the completist, though, they’re still going to want this on their shelf. Procure yours at Amazon.

From MPI Media Group: [The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet] humorously chronicled the daily lives of the Nelsons as David and Ricky grew up before millions of weekly viewers. While Ozzie Nelson had been a real-life bandleader and Harriet Nelson a singer, the series would help launch the musical career of their younger son, Ricky, who would become a teen idol with such enduring hits as ‘Travelin’ Man’ and ‘Hello Mary Lou.’ [The show] was the longest running live-action sitcom in U.S. television history until ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ surpassed it on December 1, 2021, when that series debuted its 15th season. But ‘Ozzie & Harriet’ still holds the record for most episodes produced: 435. Among its Emmy nominations and many other accolades, TV Guide placed Ozzie Nelson at number 21 on its list of ’50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.’

Well, this is excellent news. For the 70th Anniversary of the show, it’s been digitally restored with the complete episodes. They’ve got back to the original film negatives to get all the possible bang for the buck. There are no bonus features, but you are getting a ton of content (both seasons have 39 episodes each–yes, shows used to work that way…kids ask your parents). Season 1 can be found here and Season 2 here.

From Paramount: Loretta Sage’s (Sandra Bullock) novels are filled with ancient tombs and daring adventures, but that doesn’t mean she’s prepared for them in real life. When she is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) to locate a legendary lost city, Loretta’s handsome cover model, Alan (Channing Tatum), sets off on a heroic but hapless rescue mission. Thrust into an epic thrill-ride through the jungle, the unlikely pair must work together to survive the elements, and survive each other, to find the city’s fabled treasure before it’s lost forever.

The Lost City hits Blu-Ray, and 4K UHD with a decent array of bonus bits for any fan of the actors involved. (The DVD is bare bones.) There are deleted scenes, a blooper reel, and an exclusive featurette that covers Bullock and Tatum working together, a location profile (heavy rain in the Dominican Republic is fun!), scene breakdowns, and more. In total, a little under an hour of good extra stuff. Grab that over at Amazon.