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Headsup: Metropolis, Hollywood, and The Ever After

Disclaimer : Warner Brothers requests that we note it provided a free copy of the first four titles below for review purposes. The opinions I share are my own.

Having saved Gotham, the Titans hit the road to head back to San Francisco. But after a stop in Metropolis, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a supernatural cult with powers unlike anything they’ve faced before. — from Warner Brothers

Another evident victim of the Warner Bros/Discovery merger and all of the cuts happening there, along with the implosion of the overall approach to handling DC properties, Titans’ fourth season is its last. At least they were able to wrap up the show as best as they could, although there’s no send-off amongst the bonus bits: there’s a featurette on Metropolis, as well as newcomers that cover Brother Blood, Mother Mayhem (Franka Potente—nice casting), and Jinx. Fans of the show will want to complete their set with this. It will probably be some time before the next shot at a live action Titans series. Grab it from Amazon.

On the heels of successfully escaping a deadly digital trap, the members of the Justice League emerge in their own world to discover that Grimm, ravenous creatures from Remnant, have overtaken Earth! In order to defeat the monsters, they must call on their new friends – Team RWBY – for help! — from Warner Brothers

Part Two of the Super Heroes & Huntsmen adventure throws things in reverse: where the Justice League was on RWBY’s turf before, now RWBY has come to Earth. And now it’s RWBY’s turn to change and look more, well, DC Earth-ish. One featurette here takes a look at that and the other takes a look at the teamwork between the two groups. The bonus bits are somewhat sparse, but if you own the first part or are fans of one or both groups, it’s definitely something to consider. Acquire it from Amazon.

Neon lights… Suits with shoulder pads… Jumping from explosions in slow motion… In 1980s Hollywood, action star Johnny Cage (Joel McHale) is looking to become an A-list actor. But when his costar, Jennifer (Jennifer Grey), goes missing from set, Johnny finds himself thrust into a world filled with shadows, danger and deceit. As he embarks on a bloody journey, Johnny quickly discovers the City of Angels has more than a few devils in its midst. He faces off against a sinister secret society plotting a nefarious scheme, but the brutal fight against the bloodthirsty warriors of the Netherrealm is just beginning. Can Johnny, alongside other Mortal Kombat legends, save humanity…and, more importantly, his career? — from Warner Brothers

“Do you like Mortal Kombat? Do you like the 1980s? Then you’ll love…” When you’re trying to make an 1980s action classic like Ninja Mime, the last thing you want is to get sucked into a fight between good and evil. But that’s the gist of this latest entry in the animated Mortal Kombat Legends series. And the bonus bits are pretty worthy: an audio commentary with two producers and the scribe, ten minutes of behind the scenes material, and then a Ninja Mime trailer. If you own the series thus far, you’ll want to seriously consider grabbing this. But if you’re a fan of Mortal Kombat in general, you’ll at least want to give it a watch. Procure it from Amazon.

Team RWBY is thrust into an unknown world: the Ever After! However, as our heroes explore this strange and mysterious realm, they quickly discover it might be more familiar than they first assumed. As they journey to find a way back home, they’ll have to overcome some of their toughest challenges yet, struggling with their identities and whether or not they’re equipped to stop Salem. — from Warner Brothers

RWBY is a serious franchise and this release dutifully reflects that. Ten episodes are here, during which the team has to deal with things that will strike fans of Lewis Carroll as fairly familiar. The bonus bits are a freaking delight. There’s crew commentary on all the episodes, a sizable roundtable discussion from cast and crew about the episodes, and five script-to-screen breakdowns that take you from script to storyboards to finished film. You also get bonus spinoff episodes: all six episodes of RWBY: Fairy Tales and all eight episodes of RWBY: Chibi Season 4. It’s a pretty impressive array of stuff and the fan of the show will want to own it. Obtain it from Amazon.

For a record-breaking fourteen seasons and 435 episodes, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet aired on ABC-TV from 1952 through 1966, becoming one of the most cherished cultural touchstones of the twentieth century. The gentle humor of the prolific and popular sitcom was brought to the screen by the real-life Nelson family: Ozzie and wife Harriet with their sons, David and Rick – in addition to David’s wife June Blair and Rick’s wife Kris Nelson, all portraying themselves in a trend-setting blend of fact-meets-fiction comedy decades before Seinfeld and other semi-reality based shows. — from MPI Media Group

The show was not just record-breaking, it is record-holding. It still holds the record for most episodes of a live-action sitcom. (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has more seasons, but Ozzie & Harriet have scads more episodes.) MPI Media finishes up its run of DVD releases containing restored and remastered episodes with the thirteenth and fourteenth seasons. Fans of the show will want to snag them for posterity—sure, you can stream them certain places, but streaming services can pull shows at pretty much a moment’s notice. If you own the sets, you’re covered. Own them on DVD via Amazon: Season 13 and Season 14.